By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Milutin Sredojević simply known as Micho, is a Serbian football manager who currently serves as the head coach of the Uganda national football team. He was appointed on 27th July 2021 and signed a 3 year contract.
Sredojević formerly played for Svoboda Ljubljana, Sinđelić Belgrade, Grafičar Belgrade, FK Zorka Subotica and FK Pionir Subotica. He operated as a defensive midfielder but was cut short by a recurring knee injury but he opted to cross to coaching to stay in the game of football.
Micho was still in his early 30s when he set off on his African adventure that started at Kampala club Villa SC, where the management got him from one European competition.
At Villa SC, Micho guided the club to 3 consecutive league titles (2001–2002, 2002–2003 and 2003–2004), but the 2001/2 season will forever remain memorable in the history books of Uganda’s football as Villa won the league title with only one loss in 28 games, on top of being crowned the Uganda Cup (Kakungulu Winners) Villa SC, was also league winners the following year and CECAFA Club victors after 17 years since Villa had last won the championships.
Micho signed a three-year contract with St. George on 19 July 2004 and he replaced a Dutch national. When he joined St. George and guided them to 2004/2005, 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 to league success picking up 19 wins, 5 draws and no loss in 2007/2008 season. He was also voted best coach of the season for the third time after guiding the same team to league success in 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 season.
On 14 June 2006, Sredojevic was appointed as the new head coach of South African Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates replacing Kosta Papic who resigned and joined Maritzburg United. The Serbian had a relative success in continental club competitions guiding South African giants Orlando Pirates to the semi-finals of the African Champions League in 2006.
Micho is remembered by giving teenage Senzo Meyiwa a debut against AmaZulu in a league match won 2–1 by The Bucs at Ellis Park on 8 November 2006. Micho was at Orlando Pirates for 217days. On Tuesday 16 January 2007, Micho parted ways with Orlando Pirates.
Young Africans FC
Micho joined Young Africans FC in 2007 helped them win the league title.
Returned to Saint-George SA in 2007 up to 2010. St. George lifted the aforementioned Midroc Ethiopia Millennium trophy on 1 June with Saladin Said with an incredible 21 goals became top scorer 2007–2008.
In 2008-2009 won the Ethiopian Premier league, Ethiopian national cup trophy and Ethiopian Super cup. In 2009-2010 won again the Ethiopian Premier League, he guided saint George to CECAFA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP KAGAME CUP finals 2010 in Kigali Rwanda though APR FC won it by 2goals to 0 Malawian born striker, Chiukepo Msowoya, scored the first goal on the 92nd minute of extra-time and set the second goal for Victor Nyirenda to seal the victory on the 96th minute.
Sredojevic took over Al-Hilal Omdurman in July 2010. He managed the team for two seasons in 2010 and 2011, where he won two league titles, reached the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2010 and semi-finals of the 2011 CAF Champions League where they lost to CS Sfaxien of Tunisia in penalty after 1–1 aggregate.
On 1 November 2011, Sredojević was unveiled as the new head coach of the Rwanda. Sredojevic replaced Ghanaian SellasTetteh, who left the post after a 5–0 defeat to Ivory Coast in a 2012 African Nations Cup qualifier. He was chosen from a five-man shortlist that included Stephen Keshi, Ratomir Dujkovic, Patrice Neveu and Branko Smiljanic.
Micho guided Rwanda to group stages of the 2014 FIFA world Cup qualifiers in Group H along with Algeria, Mali and Benin after winning 4–2 goal aggregate against Eritrea. He was fired on 17 April.
He became manager of Uganda in May 2013 after defeating other 37 people who had applied for the post.
The appointment followed the sacking of Scotsman Robert ‘Bobby’ Williamson in April 2013, he signed a two-year contract well as Sam Timbe and Kefa Kisala were also announced as assistant coaches, while Fred Kajoba retained his position as goalkeepers’ coach.
Milutin Sredojevic’s first assignment as Cranes coach was between Libya versus Uganda at Tripoli International Stadium and at the end of the match Libya defeated Uganda by 3 goals to 0 which were scored in the first half, In that game 6 of Cranes 22 players in Libya were debutantes and these were Herman Wasswa, Richard Kasagga, Israel Emuge, William Luwagga Kizito, Alex Kakuba and Ali Kimera.
On Saturday, 29 July 2017 during a fully packed press conference held at Pine Hall, Kabira Country Club in Kampala, Sredojevic confirmed the termination of the employment contract with Uganda football governing body which had occurred on Friday, 28 July 2017 at 8 p.m. due to non payment of salaries for several months. However, on 27th July 2021, he was re-appointed as the new Head Coach of the Uganda national Team and signed a 3 year contract.