Milutin Micho Sredojevic, says he has tried and tried to stay in Uganda but it couldn’t happen and it instead yielded was more suffering.
The Serbian coach has already sent a termination letter to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations [FUFA] officially ending his stint as Uganda Cranes coach.
“I have my values which needed to be respected. I had never even missed any training session with Uganda Cranes,” he told press at Kabira country club in Bukoto on Saturday.
“You are all in standing in the VIP room of my heart, Uganda is in my DNA and will never go away. I have cried and cried, but I need to start my journey elsewhere.”
Micho already has eight offers from African football clubs including Orlando Pirates in South Africa and Zamalek Sporting Club, an Egyptian sports club based in Meet Okba, Giza, Egypt.
“No more tears, I will now consider the offers from African clubs and nations,” Micho said, adding that he has been proud to be a member of over 40 million Ugandans and the diaspora.
“I want to thank God and my church in Namungoona which has always supported me. I will remember two dates 4th September 2016 and 17th January 2018. These were special dates for Uganda Cranes and Uganda as a nation.”
Micho thanked all the supporters of the brand called Uganda Cranes from the President to the new-born baby.
To Cranes players; Andy Mwesigwa, Massa, Wasswa, Mawejje, Sserunkuma and others, Micho said they have “a presidential suite in his heart”.
“I will remain a soldier in helping you Uganda to reach the sky limit of your efforts.”
As a supporter, Micho wished Uganda Cranes a safe journey to Cameroon 2019 for the African Cup of Nations tournament.
“But don’t forget where it started Praia Cape Verde. It is an open highway of four tracks for World Cup, AFCON and CHAN including all the other competitions,” he advised his former players.
“Uganda can and Uganda will qualify for the World Cup for the first time in history.”
He said this week has been the hardest week in his life but if he hopes to go to Pirates and that he will have gone to bind Ugandan football together.
According to Micho, FUFA owes him an equivalent of $64,000 (Shs230m) over six months. He still needs to be paid.
“I have top class relations with local coaches I found in Uganda. Thank you coach and best of luck for the future. You didn’t only make us proud, you made us dream.
Micho said he sees 27 former players that are coaches who he has coached saying this gives him great pride.
“In front of you is a person who is going to Entebbe Airport. I wish you all the best to be the player team of the year and Nation’s tea of the year,” the coach who took Uganda Cranes to African Cup of Nations making history told press this morning.
“I say bye. Thank all. Thank you Lawrence Mulindwa for bringing me here (in Uganda). I thank Moses Magogo, the reigning. I have no regrets but with my heart and soul I will still feel part of this country. Thank you very much.”
“I thank the Uganda Cranes medical team of Ivan Ssewanyana and Ronald Kisolo. I respected everyone; thank you and I have been proud to be part of the team.”
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