Few could dismiss his rants but Uganda Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s blasting of local coaches for what he calls aloofness is for sure called for. Ugandan coaches can at times be so complacent and lazy.
“I cannot not imagine that there was an inter region tournament in Hoima District last week and the local coaches who handle premier league teams shunned it,” said Micho.
The Serb, who took over as Cranes coach on May 21, was in Hoima on two occasions to spot talent and wondered why the local coaches cannot take some of these events more seriously.
“This was the kind of tournament where I expected to find several local coaches spotting cheap talent. But this was not the case,” said a surprised Micho.
The 2013 FUFA-MTN inter region tournament, concluded last Saturday with Buganda beating Eastern in the final.
Only Buganda coach Edward Goloola, who is also assistant coach of premier league side Vipers, and Wasswa Bbosa, a coach at Express FC, were present at the five day event.
The national coach emphasized that it is high time local coaches in Uganda started realising the importance of attending certain tournaments.
“They want to go and buy ready-made talent which does not help in football development,” said the Cranes coach.
He said Uganda has lots of talent which is not well tapped. “I came to coach Uganda because I know I can achieve something with them since they have abundant talent. But the local coaches have also got to work hard in tapping this talent which will in return help the whole country,” added the former Rwanda Coach.
Asuman Lubowa, the FA technical director, was also equally surprised that local league team coaches did not travel to Hoima to spot talent.
“They need to be serious and know where to go and look for the talent. It is these teams from regions that have talented players who only need to be shaped,” added Lubowa.