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FUFA officially unveils Sredojević for second home coming

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has officially unveiled Milutin Sredojević for a three year tenure (2021-2014).

The unveiling ceremony was held at FUFA headquarters in Mengo, Kampala on 3rd August 2021.

FUFA president Eng. Moses Hassim Magogo, Third vice president Owek. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi and Airtel Brand & Communication manager Remmy Kisakye also graced the well attended press conference.

Milutin Sredojević

‘The beautiful game brings us here. It makes us who we are. It has been a very long revolution. In a revolution, you get heroes and those who die. Since 2005, we have maintained the interest of stakeholders including the Government and sponsors. We have been with Airtel Uganda since 2013. They are one of the biggest sponsor in Uganda’s football. We ask the Ugandan football fans that the only way we can pay back Airtel is by using their brands. Ugandans today are very satisfied with qualification to AFCON, we need more and the objective is to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026. A football fan wants more. It does not come overnight. You need time and experience. I ask Ugandans to be very, very patient since we are in a transition. Many of our key players are past their prime, it is a reality of life. We need to generate positive energy, we need to change our focus and strategy. About the future; in the next phase, it is about three things; Professionalize the football league (Uganda Premier League, FUFA Big League and FUFA Women super league), mass football (every child; girl or boy may kick a ball) and excellence at the highest level. It was decision of the Executive Committee to appoint Micho. It has been a big hunt to look for the coach. We create relationships with the football stakeholders. We belief that Micho is much better than he left. He finds a better federation that the one he left.’ Eng. Magogo stated.

L-R: Remmie Kiaskye, Micho, Eng. Moses Hassim Magogo and Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi

Emotional return:

Micho termed his second home coming to Uganda as emotional, thanking the FUFA top brass for the presented opportunity.

‘It is an emotional time to return to Uganda. Greetings to every single Ugandan with a highest degree of respect. Whatever negative, I would like to apologize –I was at crossroads; one of wounded soul and economic value. I was born in Serbia but football wise born in Uganda. I was part of the football revolution since my earlier times. My journey of African football studies started here in Uganda. I have learnt a lot. I am a much improved version of a coach. 256 GB, now I am in Tellabyts. I thank the previous coaches Sebastien Desabre, Mathias Lule, Johnathan McKinstry, Charles Livingstone Mbabazi and Abdallah Mubiru. I will give particular attention to details; build attack and consolidate on the solid defence. I want to pay back with fanatic hard work. I am here serve, deliver and give back to the people. I am working to see that Uganda is back in the top five of African football. I am a supporter and coach of Uganda Cranes. I am coming with a network of friends including the FIFA President and CAF President’ Micho stated.

Milutin Sredojević shows shirt no.2 upon his second home coming

Airtel brand and communications manager Remmie Kisakye warmly embraced the return of Micho.

‘We welcome Micho back to Uganda again. The dream to take Uganda at AFCON was perfect. We saw the brand – Corporate and Collaborate. Since Micho came here, we were a 3G company and now a 4G company’ Kisakye disclosed.

Remmie Kisakye

Micho will work with Frenchman Franck Plaine as director of performance, Addis Worku as he video analyst, Charles Livingstone Mbabazi (assistant coach), Fred Kajoba Kisitu (goalkeeping coach), Geofrey Massa (team manager) and the physiotherapist, Ivan Ssewanyana.

Micho with assistant Charles Livingstone Mbabazi

Uganda Cranes full team:

Head coach: Milutin Sredojević

Director of performance: Franck Plaine (France)

Video Analyst: Addis Worku (Ethiopian)

Assistant coach: Charles Livingstone Mbabazi

Goalkeeping coach: Fred Kajoba Kisitu

Team manager: Geofrey Massa

Physiotherapist: Ivan Ssewanyana

Local football fan Abdallah Byaruhanga, coach Micho and Eng. Moses Magogo