Uganda national team manager Milutin Sredojević, affectionately known as ‘Micho’ to the Cranes’ faithful, is reportedly stepping down.
The move is a blow to Uganda’s 2018 FIFA World Cup hopes, but months of unpaid wages have reportedly gotten the better of the Serbian.
Ugandan football has experienced an unmistakable renaissance under Micho’s tutelage, returning to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1978 with their appearance earlier this year.
Micho also has the Cranes in second place in their World Cup qualifying group, just two points adrift of leaders Egypt.
Uganda hosts Egypt in a critical World Cup qualifier Aug. 31 before the two face-off again Sep. 5 in Alexandria.
Micho also successfully managed Uganda’s CHAN squad, a CAF-sanctioned international tournament featuring only locally-based players.
The 47-year-old reportedly has several offers, with one in particular from South Africa’s Premier Soccer League at the top of his list, according to sources.
His last match in charge came Saturday in a 5-1 drubbing of South Sudan. The win sent the Cranes to the third round of 2018 CHAN qualifying.Follow @hasasimo