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Micho avoided Al Ahly temptation before signing for Zamalek

Micho gives out instructions in his first game as Zamalek coach as they defeated Dekedaha 6-0 in Egypt / Zamalek Images

Former Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic says choosing to join Zamalek was taking over the hardest coaching job in African football at a time when Al Ahly also wanted to sign him.

Micho was talking to South African outlet Sowetan Live ahead of Zamalek’s Egypt Cup final against Pyramids which is coached by his successor at the Cranes hot seat Sebastien Desabre.

According to the 50-year-old manager, Al Ahly had tested the waters to see the possibility of hiring him as a first-team coach before going to Swiss head coach Rene Weiler, but the Serbian alleges he couldn’t avoid Zamalek.

“Zamalek wanted me in 2017 but Pirates snatched me. That Friday when I separated from Pirates was an unbelievable night of my life, where on demands of Zamalek players and supporters I was persuaded to take over the hardest coaching job in African football.”

“I was ambushed by arch-rivals Ahly to join them with a much bigger financial offer but my consciousness did not allow me to dodge Zamalek and people here know that and respect the loyalty I have shown to my present team.”

Micho who resigned as Orlando Pirates coach in South Africa before taking over the reins at Zamalek also hinted on the chances of him one day coaching the Bafana Bafana whose coach Stuart Baxter resigned after the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

“I came as a young coach of 32 years that came on a football adventure that was supposed to be short-lived but affected and infected with love and respect for Africa. I look to remain a servant and soldier of the game on this magnificent continent,” Micho said.

“I was during both my spells extremely respectful to South Africa and South African football that I have no reason why I would not in the future be possibly part of the Mzansi football family.”

“I am grateful to my African football father Dr Irvin Khoza for each moment we spent together as I had a university of life, not just working as I was not coaching but wholeheartedly loving all football stakeholders I just say never say never,” he noted.

The former SC Villa coach, whose African journey started in Uganda with SC Villa has also coached in Sudan, Ethiopia and Tanzania, he has been in charge of the Rwandan national team the Amavubi Stars before taking over as Cranes’ coach in 2014.

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