Milutin Sredojevic returned to Orlando Pirates on Thursday, just over a decade after he guided the club to the semi-final of the 2016 Caf Champions League, looking to settle an old score.
Sredojevic joined the Buccaneers on a three-year contract.
“The moment I left, the chairman told me that I have a life contract here at Pirates. He said you can go and improve yourself, but this will always be your home. He is a walking legend in African football. I did that, and I am now back.”
Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza finally got his man, revealing that the Serbian is the coach he had wanted to take over from Augusto Palacios, who served in the interim after Muhsin Ertugral’s abrupt resignation in November last year.
The Buccaneers were deterred by the buy-out clause the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa) placed on Sredojevic, forcing Pirates to go with their second option, Kjell Jonevret.
The Swedish coach lasted just over five months before resigning on Wednesday.
Khoza also revealed that the club’s captain Oupa Manyisa will join Mamelodi Sundowns on a swap deal involving a yet-to-be-confirmed player.
Pirates and the Brazilians will tie up the loose ends of that deal and finalise it before Pirates start their league campaign against Chippa United on August 19.