Why Cranes Coach Micho was Emotional at the Mbale Municipal Stadium

Coach Micho and the Uganda cranes substitutes standing a foot behind stagnant water while singing the national anthem.

Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ was not a very happy man after his boys failed to overcome a largely inexperienced side last Saturday splitting the honors with the Eastern select team.

The Serbian tactician used two sets of players for the two halves with his most experienced troupe coming in the second part and leaking a late goal from James Otim.

However, buy the match wasn’t just about the 90 minutes for Micho who was returning to a historical venue where he won his first trophy on the African soil.

“I have coached five big clubs in Africa; SC VILLA, find St George (Ethiopia), Orlando Pirates (South Africa), Yanga(Tanzania) and Al Hilal (Sudan) winning twelve major trophies leagues and cups in four different countries,” Micho narrated to ChimpSport.

Why the emotions?
“But my first African trophy was won at Mbale Municipal stadium in 2002 against Mbale Heroes.”

“So I never forget my first trophy as you never forget love that is why my return to Mbale Municipal stadium was emotional for me. We won 2-0 but that stadium was hardest place to play in Uganda.”

Mbale Heroes has since gone through hot and cold but can only be described as a ‘sleeping giant’ struggling in the country’s third division- the regional league following their demotion from Big league in the 2014/15 season, a fate credited to financial constraints.

Micho’s dream.
“I dream the day when football will return there as that place and people deserve to have team in Premier league. I  highly value and sincerely appreciate recognising all what Mbale has given and will give to Ugandan football.”

It was obvious that the national coach was not happy with the state of the dilapidated stadium which is currently the third biggest in capacity around the country.


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