Micho under pressure after COSAFA Cup disaster

 Micho under pressure after COSAFA Cup disaster

By Mercy Chewe
Chipolopolo Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is fearing for his job after Zambia’s early and shocking elimination from the 2021 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.

Micho’s side exited the COSAFA Cup second from bottom in Group A on 4 points, three points less than second placed Eswatini and six points adrift of unbeaten Bafana Bafana.

Zambia lost to Lesotho 2-1 on July 8 and Eswatini 1-0 on July 10 before beating Botswana 2-1 and forcing a goalless draw against South Africa in their last pool match.

Micho told journalists during a post match media conference in South Africa that Zambian players tried their best at the COSAFA Cup but were unlucky to lose to Lesotho and Eswatini.

“Supporters very often look at the game in a very emotional way. However, administrators   are the one to decide whether it is enough or it is not enough,” he said.

 “I am very proud of each moment I have spent as Zambia coach. I am present, whether I will be a coach it will be purely on the people that are in charge,” Micho said.

 He added: “I am pushing myself all limits and telling myself that my conscience is clean. I have given my best.”

For the first time in COSAFA Cup history, five times champions Zambia will not be playing in the knockout round of the regional competition.

Alice Nachilembe


Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.