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Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic: Uganda coach found guilty of sexual assault

Current Uganda cranes coach and former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has been found guilty of sexual assault by the New Law Court in Gqeberha.
Sredojevic was accused of sexually assaulting a 39-year-old woman during the 2020 COSAFA Cup tournament which was held in the Eastern Cape.
At the time, Sredojevic was the head coach of the Zambian senior national team – and this was a year after he had left Pirates for Zamalek
According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the sexual assault happened at Wolfson Stadium when the woman delivered coffee to Sredojevic and his colleagues
Upon delivering coffee, the victim allegedly asked Sredojevic if he wanted sugar with his coffee but the Serbian mentor said no, before allegedly saying he wanted ‘another type of sugar’ while pointing at the woman’s private parts.
The said woman then laid a complaint to her boss who, in turn, reprimanded Sredojevic and warned him not to do it again.
However, Sredojevic allegedly went further later that day, touching the same woman inappropriately – and that’s when the case of sexual assault was opened against the now Uganda head coach.
Sredojevic had been in and out of the court, and on Tuesday, he was found guilty and subsequently slapped with a three-year imprisonment suspended for five years.
What this means is that Sredojevic should NOT be found guilty of the similar offence in the next five years – and should this be the case, he will be imprisoned for three years with immediate effect.
A short statement by Uganda’s football federation (Fufa) indicates that the 52-year-old will carry on his duties with the Cranes despite the findings.
“Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic asked Fufa for permission to attend a private matter in South Africa,” it read.
“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.”
The incidents happened in December 2020 while he was coach of the Zambian national team and was in South Africa to watch the regional Cosafa Under

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