There has been a new twist in the saga, following the sudden resignation of Milutin Sredojević from his post as Orlando Pirates head coach.
The Serb cited “personal challenges” as his reasons for departing less than a day before he was set to lead his charges in the MTN8 quarterfinal clash against Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Sex-crime twist in Pirates coach resignation
Soon after, reports linking him with Egyptian giants Zamalek emerged, but a more explosive report has been contained in the Sunday World.
According to the publication, Sredojević – popularly known as Micho – has had a case opened against him after allegedly committing a sexual offence.
It is said that the 49-year-old is facing charges of indecent exposure, after an incident which occurred in the team hotel on Thursday, 8 August, just as Pirates were set to travel to Zambia to compete in the Caf Champions League.
Micho back in Serbia
However, in a report published by TimesLive, Micho elaborated on his reason for leaving the country.
He told the paper he was returning to Serbia to attend to his ill mother, who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The former Uganda national coach also rubbished the reports linking him to Zamalek, after the club chairman Mortada Mansour was quoted saying he had been signed by the club.
“That report is total nonsense.
“I am travelling to see my mother who is sick in Serbia. And we shall see what will come after that. [Whether] I will come back to Africa.
“But if he [Mansour] really wants me he needs to fork out millions.”
Micho left Pirates after two seasons into his second stint at the club.
He had previously coached the Soweto giants between 2006 and 2007, where he lasted just 12 matches at the helm.
In his second bite of the cherry, the Serb enjoyed far more success, despite not ending the club’s five-year trophy drought.
Sredojevic led Pirates in 62 league games, winning half of those on his way to helping the club finish second in the standings in two consecutive seasons.
In his parting shot, Micho alluded to “challenges” that have prompted him to resign from his post.
“Due to the challenges that I am personally facing I am leaving this position, but at the same moment, I will look forward to the challenges that once I am settled are coming ahead of me. I really value and appreciate each moment spent with you.”
Assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena has taken over the reigns since Micho’s departure.
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