A make or break doubleheader for Micho

Uganda Cranes head coach Micho Sredojevic during training

Uganda vs Tanzania A make or break doubleheader for Micho

Allan Damba • 22:31 - 23.03.2023

Several football enthusiasts were embroidered in hope as they thought he would erase the painful Laszlo Csaba and Bobby Williamson memories.

When Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevich was first appointed as Uganda Cranes' head coach in May 2013, FUFA made it public knowledge he had beaten 37 people into the seat.

Several football enthusiasts were embroidered in hope as they thought he would erase the painful Laszlo Csaba and Bobby Williamson memories.

Micho had decent results, and his initial two-year contract was signed off with a 2015 CECAFA Championship trophy, his only piece of silverware over two spells.

The Serbian further guided Uganda to relative success, including getting past then-mini-giants Togo, led by Emmanuel Adebayo, into the World Cup qualification group stages following a 4-0 aggregate win in 2016.

His first spell as Cranes boss was capped with guiding the Pearl of Africa to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after 39 years of knocking and waiting.

Micho was justly excused for finishing last in a group that had powerhouses Egypt, Ghana and Mali.

However, the 53 year-old's second stint in the role has been unrecognizable and indifferent, nearly 24 months since he put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

It does not reminisce the coach who unprecedentedly left in 2017, a figure that, after a bitter split with FUFA, left a number of the faithful wanting a bit of him, somewhat more.

The 'Serbian Wolf' has since failed to rediscover his mojo, from a charismatic figure who was obsessed with grinding results into the absolute opposite.

Micho has struggled in his second tenure, winning just seven of the 24 matches he's taken charge of, including international friendlies. In the process, he has drawn nine and lost eight times.

The tactician is the Cranes' coach at a time the team is receiving the most significant funding in history.

Yet, somehow, they still need to make it out of to the African Nations Championships' group stages on the sixth attempt. Micho has been in charge of three of them.

In the current Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Uganda lingers bottom of Group F, with just one point out of a possible six.

The Cranes, who suffered defeat to Algeria and drew against Niger, take on Tanzania in a crunch doubleheader, with the first on Friday in Egypt.

A home tie away from home does not precisely help Micho's quest to return the team somewhere near its best and to the tournament, they last featured in 2019, under Frenchman Sebastien Desabre.

Micho will have to pick at least one victory from the two matches against the improved Taifa Stars, buoyed by promises of huge bonuses from their government.

The Cranes are away from their fans on Friday, and against the unforgiving Tanzania crowd later on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, it is only partially playing into Micho's hands. Positive or negative results will certainly make or break the Wolf.