Micho gestures during Uganda Cranes’ 2014 World Cup qualifying encounter against Angola at Namboole in June. Micho says he is not going for revenge against his former employers Rwanda on Saturday
For the first time since the marriage between Micho Sredojevic and Rwanda wrecked, the two subjects will come up against each other this weekend.
And for the first time in over five months, the Serb and his former dugout-mate Eric Nshimiyimana will be on the same touchline commanding forces … but in different directions and against each other.
Micho, just like his Cranes predecessor Bobby Williamson, was relieved of his duties as Rwanda’s coach in April after a spate of poor World Cup qualifying results. Nshimiyimana was later to be elevated to the Amavubi head coach.
On Saturday the two throw friendly daggers at each other at Namboole, and Micho’s former players find themselves fighting to beat him.
But the 44-year-old Serb has no hard feelings towards the boys – no former coach should ever have them, and says he holds no grudges against his former employers.
For that matter, the SC Villa former coach insists this weekend’s game is not a platform for revenge, but rather one for a potential thriller. “I’m extremely proud that most of the players I promoted to the Rwandan first team are still the ones playing,” says Micho, “Those (some of them) boys will count me in their history as one who gave them their first cap.
“But no. Revenge is not in my bracket. Life happened, life continues. What I know is I remain a friend of Rwanda and they are my friends. I know them; I know what they can do. I (also) know our boys (Ugandans).”
Micho adds: “I know Rwanda is preparing for Cecafa and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and we are preparing for Cecafa and Chan. So come Saturday, fans can come to Namboole expecting a great game of football.”
Micho has presided over 10 games since taking charge, winning five and losing as many.
Cecafa kicks off on November 27 through to December 8 while Chan starts on January 11 in South Africa next year.
Previous encounters between the two:
06.02.2013: Rwanda 2-2 Uganda – friendly
10.12.2011: Rwanda 2-2 Uganda, 2-3 via penalties – Cecafa final
13.12.2009: Uganda 2-0 Rwanda – Cecafa final
01.01.2009: Uganda 4-0 Rwanda – Cecafa group game
20.12.2007: Uganda 0-1 Rwanda – Cecafa semis
Uganda-Rwanda head to head –
Uganda wins – 11
Rwanda wins – 9
Draws – 10
Uganda losses – 9
Rwanda losses – 11