Uganda’s loss, Bucs’ gain?
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.