Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, has said he is not abandoning his coaching job with the Uganda Cranes.
He was responding to reports that he was taking up a new role with South African Premier League side, Free State Stars FC. The club parted ways with Belgian born coach Tom Saintfiet recently after a string of poor results. Currently in 14th place, Free State stars have won only three of the eleven games played.
Free State Stars FC had initially wanted to sign Sredojevic early in the season, but he was not willing to quit his position as head coach of Uganda. The Cranes coach is highly regarded in South Africa after helping Orlando Pirates reach the 2006 CAF Champions League semifinals.
However, speaking to our reporter on phone this morning, the Serbian said although he has heard of interests for him from South Africa and the Middle East, he is not about to step down.
Sredojevic said it is however good to hear that clubs are interested in signing him. But he added that as a professional coach who is firmly contracted with Uganda, he is fully committed, dedicated, loyal and focused on his job.
The Serb who also handled El Hilal (Sudan) and St George (Ethiopia) added; “But despite interest from many parts of Africa and Middle East I am very busy with my job and all matters of that kind are handled by my legal representatives. I am therefore not joining Free State Stars.”
Last week Sredojevic failed to make history as the coach who guided Uganda qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after 37 years of waiting. The Cranes lost 2-0 to Guinea in a game played in Casablanca, Morocco.