Uganda’s loss, Bucs’ gain?

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Ser­bian-born Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vić has not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of re­join­ing Or­lando Pi­rates – 10 years af­ter leav­ing the club.

But Pi­rates would have to fight it out with more big clubs on the con­ti­nent, as well as a few na­tional teams.

Af­ter re­sign­ing as Uganda coach yes­ter­day, “Mi­cho” told City Press that he was now of­fi­cially on the mar­ket.

“I sent no­tice of ter­mi­na­tion due to non­pay­ment of salaries and held his­tor­i­cal never hap­pened be­fore press con­fer­ence (sic),” he said from Uganda yes­ter­day.

He said he would go the le­gal route to re­coup about $64 000 (about R833 000) that he was owed by the Fed­er­a­tion of Uganda Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions.

Sre­do­je­vić con­firmed that his agent, Ivica Stankovic, had made con­tact with Pi­rates and other clubs.

“First, I needed to close the Uganda chap­ter and to be free on the mar­ket. The meet­ing was about ei­ther to stay in Uganda if they pay or to close the chap­ter,” he said. “I still want Uganda to pay my dues and as­sure me of fu­ture pay­ments, but if I don’t see good­will, I need to take one of the other eight avail­able of­fers [three na­tional teams and five big clubs in Africa and the Mid­dle East].”

Sre­do­je­vić said the race for his sig­na­ture was tight be­tween Za­malek of Egypt, Su­dan’s Al Hi­lal and Raja Casablanca of Morocco.

He said he had left ev­ery­thing in his agent’s hands and would take it from there.

But he said his heart was with the Cranes as he was build­ing some­thing spe­cial.

“I’m in with a chance to go to the World Cup. I have given the fed­er­a­tion time to clear up the is­sue, but if they are not able to, I must move on to be able to sur­vive.”

The Serb has been strongly linked with a pos­si­ble move to his for­mer club to re­place the un­der-fire Kjell Jonevret, with re­ports sug­gest­ing yes­ter­day’s Car­ling Black La­bel Cham­pi­ons Cup would be the Swede’s last in charge.

Jonevret has not lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions since join­ing the Buc­ca­neers five months ago. The club failed to qual­ify for the top-eight com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ish­ing 11th on the log.

Kjell Jonevret

Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vić

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