The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has officially confirmed the departure of Milutin Sredojevic, a former coach for Orlando Pirates, from his position as the head coach of the Uganda national football team, known as the Cranes.
Sredojevic had been at the helm since 2021, marking his second stint with the team.
This announcement was made through an official statement released by FUFA on September 14.
Sredojevic’s Mandate and AFCON Qualification
Sredojevic was tasked with the responsibility of guiding Uganda to secure a place in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, scheduled to take place in Cote d’Ivoire.
Despite their 2-0 victory over Niger, Uganda’s hopes were dashed when Tanzania, a fellow East African nation, drew against Algeria.
This setback means that Uganda will miss the AFCON finals for the second consecutive edition, while Tanzania will make their third appearance in the tournament’s history.
Mutual Termination of Employment
FUFA’s official statement revealed that both the football association and Milutin Sredojevic reached a mutual agreement to terminate their existing employment contract.
The statement also expressed appreciation for Sredojevic’s dedication and efforts during his tenure as the head coach of the Uganda Cranes.
Milutin Sredojevic’s departure as the head coach of the Uganda national football team marks the end of a significant chapter in Ugandan football.
The failure to qualify for the AFCON finals, despite Sredojevic’s efforts, has led to this mutual agreement between the coach and the football association.
Uganda’s absence from the tournament is undoubtedly disappointing for fans, but it also underscores the competitive nature of African football, with nations vying for limited slots in continental competitions.
As Uganda begins the process of seeking a new coach, there will be anticipation and hope for better results in future tournaments.