Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Sredjovic Micho has revealed that he wants to be remembered as the only coach to take Uganda Cranes to two AFCON tournaments.
Micho was reappointed as the head coach back then in August 2021, making his second return to the Uganda Cranes team.
Before his departure, he had helped Uganda qualify to their first ever AFCON final tournament in 2017 when they beat Comoros at Namboole, to end the 39-year wait.
When asked on whether he wants to leave his role, Micho on NBS, said that his full focus is to take back the team to AFCON.
“My total focus is on September. I want to be remembered as a coach who has taken the Uganda Cranes two times in the Africa Cup of Nations just like I did in 2017 to Gabon and now to Ivory Coast,” the Serbian said.
On his return, there has been growing pressure on Micho, given the poor run of results from the National team the Cranes.
And recently, Uganda were beaten by Algeria 2-1 in the ongoing AFCON 2024 qualifier game that was held in Cameroon.
That loss, the third for the Cranes in this campaign, left Uganda on four points in the third position, setting up a do or die game against Niger in September, their last qualification game.
About the Niger game, Micho added:
“We have a vital match against Niger where in case of winning we have a chance to get back to AFCON. And this is where all my focus is, the hardworking days, sleepless nights and the rest of the things I don’t think about them.
It will be the same old story for the Cranes, who will need to beat Niger and also hope that Algeria beat Tanzania, to qualify for AFCON finals next year in Ivory Coast.
But earlier this year in March, despite all Micho’s criticism, FUFA boss Moses Magogo called upon all Ugandans to give Micho more time as the team is in transition.