Micho defends himself over player agency talk
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic has strongly dismissed allegations that he is a player agent.
Claims have been doing rounds since the Serbian replaced Scotsman Bobby Williamson in May that he supplements his coaching with selling players.
Actually, some quarters have claimed that Micho’s Cranes line-ups are partly determined by which player he is associated to most or which player he is likely to ship out to some club should he be checked out in national team action.
But the Serb, 44, has vehemently rubbished the claims saying he only acts as a father figure for his players who uses any available opportunity to help Ugandan footballers and anywhere he has coached to get a step better in their careers.
“Look, that is total nonsense,” he exclusively told Daily Monitor when asked about some players in question. They include Robert Odongkara and Isaac Isinde, who he coached at St George. “Those players have their own agents. I have never forced any player to sign for anyone but using my connections in the football world, I’m ready to help connect any Ugandan player.
“Look, I have worked with Onyango (Denis, the goalkeeper Odongkara deposed) before and I respect him so much but I chose Odongkara on merit because he was playing competitive football with his club St George and he was doing so well, same for Henry Kalungi (who has been upstaged by Isinde). It should be emphasized that Odongkara and Isinde have vindicated Micho’s faith in them, and by the look of things, should continue the run. “I have been friends with Kalungi even before coming to Uganda,” added Micho, “But when it comes to choosing the team I do not look at friends… I look on merit.” But are you a Fifa player agent coach? “I will tell you, no comment on this because I’m losing focus on my road to Morocco 2015. “Of course I’m not. That is a creation of some creative Ugandans. It is impossible. You can’t be coach and a player agent. You have to give up one.” A check on Fifa’s list of agents worldwide actually does not include Micho. Tasked to substantiate allegations that he is a monetary beneficiary of some players’ deals, Micho retorted: “I challenge any player to come out and say I ate their money.
“If I try and help connect a player (as a national team coach), you are begging your friends to take this player... you don’t get paid for begging.”
Fifa’s stand on agents
Section 2 of Article 6 on the prerequisites for player agent application in the Fifa Statutes states that “an applicant may not, under any circumstances, hold a position as an official, employee, etc, at FIFA, a confederation, an association, a league, a club or any organisation connected with such organizations and entities.” This would also rule out Micho since he is an employee of Fufa
Fifa agents in areas of concern
Serbia: 109 agents. Micho is not one of them
Uganda: Five agents. Micho is not one of them
Ethiopia, where Micho coached for five years, are not listed on Fifa’s Rota
Ugandan Fifa player agents
• Tony Awor
• Livingstone Kyobe
• Nasser Mulindwa
• Tushar Rupaleria
• Alintuma Nsambu