Nyirenda sympathises with Micho

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Following Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s sacking as head coach of Egyptian giants Zamalek, his friend and coach of Baroka FC Wedson Nyirenda has offered a message of support to the ‘Wolf of Serbia’.

Sredojevic was in charge of the White Knights for 13 matches in all competitions, winning 8, drawing 1 with 4 defeats and also won the Egyptian Cup in his first month in charge.

Micho signing for Zamalek just four months ago.

But a defeat in the Super Cup against rivals Al Ahly in September coupled with an embarrassing loss to struggling side ENPPI and a CAF Champions League 3-0 defeat to TP Mazembe recently made matters worse for Sredojevic.

He was finally relieved off his duties on Tuesday by the hard to please Zamalek president Mortada Mansour.

“Such things happen in football but it’s a very unfortunate situation for him,” commented Nyirenda.

Wedson Nyirenda.

“He went to a club where he thought he is going to bring out what he is made off but unfortunately I believe that they are not a patient team because I know African football from A TO Z.

“Teams like Zamalek when they play a derby like against Al Ahly they expect to win, it is so significant to them that they would rather lose a game to another small team than losing to Al Ahly so I knew after losing to Al Ahly that a lot of things will start cropping up because that is how it is, that is the situation there,” said the Zambian.

“I think if they were more patient with him he could have brought up something good like he did at Orlando Pirates and with the Ugandan national team, up to now they are still using his philosophy in Uganda and I think it’s very unfortunate and I am also not happy about it but there is nothing we can do.

“Life goes on, I know he is a very good coach and he is getting something greater than that,” added Nyirenda.

Zamalek have since announced French coach Patrice Carteron to take over from the former Bucs mentor.

By Ofhani Munyai

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