"You are playing so many roles. In the end you can count that 10 percent you will be coach."

"Micho" takes credit for helping develop the goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who has just been named African Player of the Year based in Africa for 2016, having worked with him in his first spell in Uganda.

However, there are no Ugandans starring at a high level in Europe.

"This is the perfect platform for the players to be seen, and it gives a chance to the agents and scouts to recognise them," he says of the Cup of Nations.

He says the Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, now with Tottenham Hotspur, is a "shining example" of what players in eastern Africa can offer.


The progress he has made has Uganda ahead of schedule, with the 2019 Cup of Nations in Cameroon having been his initial objective.

The Cranes are still involved in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup but "Micho" accepts that the recent decision to expand that tournament to 48 teams from 2026 could provide Uganda with the chance to make the breakthrough.

"I don't know if I will be 100 percent in Africa in 2026, but the legacy I will leave behind will help so that Uganda can be a very serious contender to go to the World Cup," he adds.

Meanwhile, on a personal level he appears to be in no rush to go back to Europe.

"I have had chances to go to Europe and coach in very respectable leagues. However, the challenge of coaching in Europe and coaching in Africa is totally different," he says.

"I see myself in Africa, I am very satisfied and happy and I look forward in the years to come to staying still in Africa."

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