Uganda Cranes coach, Milutin Sredojevic, known as Micho, has lost his job. He was in charge of the team since 2021, taking over after Uganda couldn’t qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Before him, Abdallah Mubiru was the interim coach, replacing Jonathan McKinstry.
Micho has been sacked because Uganda Cranes did not qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They finished third in their group, and only the top two teams, Algeria and Tanzania, made it to Ivory Coast.
On Thursday, September 14, 2023, the Ugandan Football Federation (Fufa) and Micho agreed to end his contract. Fufa thanked him for his hard work during his time as the coach.
This is the second time Micho has left the Ugandan team. He first left in 2017 and returned in July 2021 on a three-year deal.
Micho had a successful first spell, leading Uganda to the 2019 Afcon, which was their first appearance in 39 years. However, his second stint saw the team going through changes, and he faced criticism from football fans.
In the recent qualifiers, Uganda Cranes earned seven points with two away wins against Niger (0-2) and Tanzania (0-1) and a draw against Niger (1-1) in Kitende. Algeria (16 points) and Tanzania (8 points) secured the top two spots in Group F, leaving Uganda in third place.