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FUFA: Micho is still coach, until he resigns officially

GOOD TIMES: FUFA president Moses Magogo (centre) flanked by MP Obua and Ssewanyana, coach Micho and other FUFA officials and MPs at parliament last year when Cranes were recognised for their Nations Cup qualification.

Kampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT | Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has described reports that national team coach, Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, has resigned, as mere “rumours”.

“Mr. Sredojevic hasn’t forwarded any communication to FUFA about  rumours that he has resigned  his post as National team coach of Uganda Cranes,” FUFA said in a terse statement released Sunday at 2am.

In the statement, FUFA indicated that Micho is scheduled to have a technical meeting on Monday at which “FUFA will find out officially from Mr. Sredojevic  his position on the rumours and his future as Uganda Cranes Coach.  Thereafter FUFA and the Coach will make an official communication on the matter.”

The “rumours” were started early in the week by Member of Parliament and FUFA critic Allan Ssewanyana, who claimed a Libyan club had given Micho an offer he could not refuse.

This is the second time in a year that the issue of Micho’s salary has arisen. Before the Cranes trip to their first Nations Cup finals in 38 years, even President Yoweri Museveni got involved by helping pay part of his salary.

In September 2016, soccer governing body FUFA admitted it owed Micho money in unpaid salaries but said they were committed to ensuring all his arrears are cleared. FUFA said it “shares his frustrations over the delay.”

They explained then that “during the costly AFCON 2017 qualification campaign, FUFA prioritized all the meager resources at its disposal to facilitate requirements for the success of the team.”

FULL FUFA STATEMENT July 22, 2017

The media is awash with reports that Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has resigned.

However Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) would like to put forward to the public important information as;

  • FUFA President, as per his routine sessions after an international match, will hold a technical  meeting with the National Team coach of Uganda Cranes Mr. Sredojevic.
    that will come after the CHAN 2018 convincing 5-1 victory over South Sudan.
  • FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo who is on his way from Morocco after attending a series of CAF organised events has already talked to Mr. Sredojevic.
  • Mr. Sredojevic hasn’t forwarded any communication to FUFA about  rumours that he has resigned  his post as National team coach of Uganda Cranes.
  • However, in the meeting on Monday, FUFA will find out officially from Mr. Sredojevic  his position on the rumours and his future as Uganda Cranes Coach.  Thereafter FUFA and the Coach will make an official communication on the matter.
  • ‘We understand our Coach as a professional who will address any issues with his employers first then a formal communication will be made’ said FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein.We request the public to remain calm about this matter.

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FULL FUFA STATEMENT September, 2016

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) would like to respond to reports about the Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s unpaid dues by stating the following:

  • FUFA greatly appreciates and recognises the immense contribution and extra efforts of our national team coach in helping Uganda qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 38 years.
  •  FUFA indeed owes Milutin Sredojevic unpaid salaries and shares his frustrations over the delay.
  • During the costly AFCON 2017 qualification campaign, FUFA prioritised all the meagre resources at its disposal to facilitate requirements for the success of the team and campaign.
  • In preparation for the final group D but key match against Comoros, over the last 2 months alone, coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has been paid three times and received all his bonus and allowances entitlements  for the AFCON 2017 campaign just like the rest of the team members.
  • FUFA is committed to ensuring all his salary arrears are cleared and we are confident this will be handled.
  • Coach Micho’s unpaid dues are currently FUFA’s number one priority and the federation is doing everything in its means to raise the funds needed to clear the outstanding amount.
  • Finally, details of the ongoing contract between FUFA and Cranes coach remain confidential.

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