Micho bemoans mentality of Ugandan footballers

By: MARK NAMANYA

KAMPALA: Thirteen years after arriving in Uganda, Micho Sredojevic has in all probability earned the right to rate the psyche of a Ugandan footballer.

Eight months after returning to Uganda as national coach, the Serbian remains steadfast in his desire to make the game scale glorious heights in the country.

Micho, however, is disconcerted by a mindset problem of footballers in Uganda.

“I have never doubted the hard work of Ugandan footballers,” explained the Cranes coach.

“But many players are happy with small things. Players must understand that nothing comes cheap.”

The former SC Villa, St George, Orlando Pirates Yanga, Al-Hilal and Rwanda national team coach acknowledges talent is in abudance. But in the eyes of Micho, talent alone if not enough.

“We can play any team on the African continent. But sometimes our players are the biggest enemy to themselves.”

Micho visited the training sessions of some of the clubs and was unimpressed by the attitude of players to practice.

The 44-year-old would love to see willing trainers, dedicated professionals and a spirit of zeal and enthusiasm at the training grounds of Ugandan clubs.

Micho reiterated that he is enjoying his second job in Uganda a decade after resigning from SC Villa.

“The Chan tournament was an experience for the local players and as we evaluate that event, we are focused on the preliminary draw for Cranes.”

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