Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Monday appointed Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba as interim coaches for the national football team, Uganda Cranes.
Former head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic terminated his employment contract on Friday evening after arrears of $54,000.
FUFA president, Moses Magogo confirmed the development to the media during a press conference in Mengo, Kampala.
As FUFA, we sat as a family (officials and immediate former players) and decided that Moses Basena and Fred Kajoba carry on an interim basis until after the Egypt matches home and away
We shall give them all the due support they deserve.
Magogo gave a detailed account on how Micho was recruited.
“I was key in the recruitment of coach Micho. He is a good coach and we have a lost a good coach. On record, he remains one of the least paid coaches on the African continent. As a team, we have lost a star player but the team has to continue,” Magogo said.
He hinted on the proposal of doubling Micho’s salary which he (the coach) rejected.
We had offered Micho double the amount he has been earning but he rejected the offer.
At one stage, we were approached by a West African country with an enviable offer of $200,000 which the federation and the coach rejected.
He has been very committed to his job but had personal weaknesses just like all of us individuals.
We paid the coach a lump sum of $50,000 to the coach as bonus for qualifying the team to AFCON 2017.
It is on record, by the time I took over as federation president, the coach had two months’ arrears.
The debt for the coach has been a cumulative figure.
It is time therefore, that Government comes up to support (financially) the national team
FUFA also pledged to pay the outstanding debt ($54,000) owed to Micho given the systematic cash flow they had agreed on with the Serbian in an earlier meeting.
Basena and Kajoba start immediate business with the back to back CHAN 2018 qualifier matches against Rwanda in August.
Uganda Cranes host the first leg on 12th August 2017 in Kampala with the return leg to be played a week later.
The winner on aggregate over the two legs will qualify for the CHAN 2018 championship in Kenya.