Micho pays tribute to his late mother


Chipolopolo head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has paid tribute to his mother, Rada, who died aged 70 on Sunday in Serbia after losing her long battle to breast cancer.

“I have remained just with the best memories of herself in my heart, mind and soul with the best ingredients being the values she engraved in me,” said Micho, who was appointed as Zambian national team coach in February.

“My mother will forever be inside me and whatever I did in African football I owe it to her,” added the former Orlando Pirates mentor.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) in a statement said: “FAZ has learnt with deep shock the death of the mother of Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic in Serbia.”

The Chipolopolo coach thanked the FAZ staff for the consolation saying Zambians had proved that their associations to people went beyond business. Picture: FAZ.

“FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, his executive committee and secretariat staff commiserates with Micho in his moment of grief especially that he is in Zambia on his tour of duty.”

Kamanga said that the football family and Zambia mourn with Micho as losing a loved one, especially one as close as a mother is very saddening.

“We mourn with coach Micho who has lived with the Zambian family for almost four months and has become a member of our football family.

“We extend a warm hand to him and his family and pray that God may ease the pain. On our part, we will do our best to ensure that we ease the burden of the loss,” concluded Kamanga.

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