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Milutin Sredojevic, known affectionately as Micho, may have taken Uganda to its first Africa Cup of Nations in almost 40 years, but the Yugoslavian manager clearly wants to go one step further.
Speaking after Uganda fell 1-0 to Ghana in a Group C fixture that marked a rematch of the final from the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, Micho blamed the result on one lapse in concentration. The Cranes were lucky to find themselves down by only one goal at the interval, but they improved significantly in the second half and could have equalised were it not for some wasteful shots and crosses.
“We paid for one mistake which is hard to explain,” Micho said, according to BBC Sport. “This competition does not permit silly mistakes. We just lack a bit at the technical and tactical level.”
Micho made it clear Uganda can still progress, saying: “We came here to show that we did not qualify by accident and no matter that we now have to face Egypt and Mali, we will give 200 percent to advance.”
In 2001, Micho moved to Africa to take over at Villa SC, a club located in Kampala, Uganda, the country’s capital. He subsequently managed Rwanda and assumed control of the Cranes in 2013. With a clear vision and strategy for Ugandan football, and support from Moses Magogo, the nation’s president, he took the national team to its first Africa Cup of Nations in 39 years.