Uganda Cranes captain and goalkeeper Denis Onyango has confirmed that national coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic told him he was quitting.
The reigning African Football of the year (Africa-based) told this publication on phone from his base in Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday that when he met Sredojevic few days ago, the Serbian made it clear that his time was up to leave.
“He was very emotional when we met before the CHAN qualifier against South Sudan and he told me he has made up his mind to leave because he cannot work under such conditions any more,” added Onyango.
The goalkeeper, voted Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) sports personality of the Year 2016 few days ago; said the coach intimated to him that his family members had even traveled to stay in Ethiopia because the head of the family could not provide adequately since the Ugandan FA was not paying him in time.
After few days of speculation talks between the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and Sredojevic to try and resolve the on going stand-off hit a snag. The Serbian reportedly flew out this morning at 3am aboard an Ethiopian Airlines and reports suggest his final destination is South Africa.
After guiding Uganda Cranes to a 5-1 win over South Sudan in a Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier last Saturday Sredojevic said he only had 48 hours to decide if he was resigning his job.
“We have been in a meeting and decided this matter is handled by my South African based agent Ivica Stankovic and the federation CEO Edgar Watson,” the coach told this publication on phone. Sredojevic also said he is owed Shs 230 million (US$64,000) in un-paid salary arrears and bonuses.
Since taking over as Uganda Cranes coach in 2013, Sredojevic has guided Uganda to the 2017 Afcon, qualification for the 2014 and 2016 Africa Nations Championship and winning the 2015 regional Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
The Cranes are also the only team in the Cecafa still in contention for a 2018 FIFA World Cup place.