Micho Sredojevic loves challenges. When he left Rwanda after a rather poor run in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Uganda were a bit low on morale following successive close-shave Afcon qualifications.
And in Uganda he was coming to replace a fairly successful Bobby Williamson, who had four Cecafa titles to his name but had been relieved if his duties after – strangely – also coming short in the World Cup qualifiers.
Perhaps it is Micho’s earlier experience in Uganda, where he won four league titles with SC Villa, and his deep knowledge of African football that encouraged Fufa to give him a thumbs up, then in May 2013.
The rest, as they say, is history. The Serb went close to qualifying for the 2015 Afcon finals before finally ending Uganda’s wait as the Cranes made the following edition tournament in Gabon after four decades.
Micho, 50, has since taken on other demanding assignments at South African and Egyptian clubs, Orlando Pirates and Zamalek, before being forced out of the latter last December.
With his availability, and Zambia’s national team coaching role remaining vacant since last March when Sven Vandenbroeck’s contract was not renewed following the Chipolopolo’s failure to qualify for the 2019 Afcon finals, it was a matter of time.