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REVEALED: How Politics Cost Nigeria The Services Of History Making Coach Of Uganda

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The coach of the Cranes of Uganda Milutin Sredojevic popularly refereed to as Micho who made history by qualifying Uganda for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations since 1978, would have been the coach of Nigeria were it not for power play, politics and intrigues of the Nigeria football system.

Before the appointment of Sunday Oliseh as coach of the Super Eagles, Micho was the front runner for the job after he was proposed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) by match agent Jairo Pachon.

President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick took his board members by surprise when he held talks with former Nigeria national team captain Sunday Oliseh and offered him the job as opposed to Micho.

After Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, Micho was once again approached few months before the Paul Le Guen fiasco but this time around interest in the office of the NFF president put a stop to it.

Pinnick waxed lyrical about his preference for a Serbian coach but settled for French man Le Guen who later turned down the job. But prior to that time, Micho’s appointment would have been rubber stamped were it not for greed among close allies of the NFF supremo.

An unnamed ally of the president of the NFF wanted the coach to dump the man who proposed him for the job in Jairo Pachon for him, but the Serbian refused and insisted on the Colombian match agent of the NFF.

It didn’t go down well with the said individual, who in turn turned the head of the NFF president against appointing the Serb. His loss happened to be Uganda’s gain as while Nigeria missed out on a second consecutive AFCON, Uganda under Micho are going to be there for the first time in 38 years.

* James Mwanga ( Ugandan Journalist)