Uganda Cranes tactician Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has terminated his contract with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) – citing outstanding debt of salary and bonuses of Shs 230m.
In a press release, FUFA says it is in receipt of a letter from Mr. Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic terminating his services as Uganda Cranes coach.
“FUFA would like to thank Mr. Sredojevic for the services rendered to the Uganda Cranes during his time as coach of the National team especially when he guided the country to the AFCON finals in Gabon for the first time since 1978”, it reads.
FUFA continues to say that Ugandans will forever keep those memories with them.
“FUFA will keep the public and members of the football family updated in due course on the way forward about the technical aspects of the Uganda Cranes”.
“FUFA wishes Micho the best in his future adventures”. says FUFA.
Reportedly, clause 12(d) of Micho’s contract, spells out that when Fufa fails to pay salary for the coach for more than three months, then the coach is free to separate.
But it does not free the federation from clearing the debts owed to the coach.
The exit of coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has been touted as a big blow to Uganda Cranes since the performance was on a high over the recent past.
Uganda will be playing Rwanda in a week’s time in the CHAN Qualifier and Egypt on 31st August in the world cup qualifier.
According to national team captain Dennis Onyango the side’s fortunes could be affected by the sudden departure.
In an interview with Ugandan radio sation KFM , Onyango said Micho did a fantastic job for the team and brought back the belief and loved Uganda.
“Some of us would never have been at AFCON without him. It’s a big blow. We’ll miss him. But life goes on.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns keeper who is the current Africa Player of the year added that the government should have stepped in to resolve the standoff.
“We don’t deserve to be left like that, the government should have stepped in to help resolve the issues because he was the coach of Uganda Cranes not FUFA Cranes,” Onyango said.
The Serbian coach quit his post as coach of Uganda national team on Saturday citing non payment of salary for months.