Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is said to be in advanced talks to take over as South Africa’s head coach.
News reaching us from South Africa indicates that Micho and the South Africa FA president, Danny Jordan have already spoken and agreed that he takes over after leading Uganda at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
“Runout is that Micho will take over Bafana job ” one of the sources in Cape Town told journalists. When contacted for comment Micho simply laughed off and remained elusive about the developments.
The Serbian who coached South African top-side Orlando Pirates before however said there is nothing impossible as coaches are always on the move if the best chance comes.
Since taking over as Uganda Cranes coach the Serbian has been complaining about late payments of his salary by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa).
As coach of Uganda since 2011, Micho has guided Uganda to qualification for the 2011 and 2016 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN), winning the 2015 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). In-case Micho agrees to join South Africa, he will terminate his running contract with Uganda and compensate the Fufa.
When journalists tried to contact the FUFA President, Moses Magogo about the latest development, he picked his mobile phone and indicated he was in a meeting.
The development of Sredojevic joining South Africa as coach comes at a time when South African Football Association (SAFA) suspended Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba on Sunday after the team beat Senegal 2-1 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
SAFA gave no reason for the suspension, but sources say the 66-year-old had a bitter row with his bosses. South Africa and Burkina Faso now share first place in Group D of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Senegal have three points and Cape Verde have none.