Kampala, Uganda | URN | Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin Micho Sredojević has been found guilty of two sexual assault offences and handed a suspended five-year sentence.
Micho who returned to Uganda in July this year for his second spell was tried in the Gqeberha Regional Court, South Africa. He had appeared at the New Brighton Magistrates Court on the same charges in December 2020.
Court heard that the Serbian tactician teased a woman who was serving coffee, constituting an offence under South African law. In a statement, the National Prosecuting Authority-NPA said that a woman was allegedly assaulted on Monday, 7 December 2020 in Port Elizabeth where he had gone to attend the U-21 Afcon qualifiers in the Wolfson Stadium, South Africa
“A 39-year-old woman was delivering coffee at the Wolfson Stadium when she asked Sredojevic if he would need sugar with his coffee,” it read. “He allegedly said no and disclosed that he needed another type of sugar while pointing at her private parts. It is alleged that the lady complained to her boss, who in turn warned Sredojevic not to do it again.
“Later on that day, the lady went to deliver coffee again at the same stadium and this time Sredojevic allegedly touched her in an inappropriate manner,” the NPA Regional Spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said. At the time, Micho was head coach of the Zambian National Football team commonly known as Chipolopolo after he had parted ways with Orlando Pirates in South Africa.
The development means that the Serbian tactician should not be found guilty of a similar offence in the next five years. If he commits a similar offence, he will be arrested with immediate effect and required to serve the sentence in jail.
According to a statement released by the local soccer governing body in Uganda, FUFA, the tactician asked FUFA permission to attend the private matter, and it was was sorted and the gaffer is expected to return to Uganda.
“The Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic asked FUFA for permission to attend to a private matter in South Africa. We have this afternoon received information that the private matter has been concluded for now. The coach will come back to resume his duties accordingly”. reads a statement from FUFA.