Milutin Sredojevic and Irvin Khoza at the Pirates press conference on Thursday. Photo: Njabulo Ngidi

It was an open secret, but now it’s official – Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is the new coach of Orlando Pirates!

Buccaneers chairman Irvin Khoza made the announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon.

Sredojevic will begin his second spell at Pirates, having ended his previous time at the club in 2007.

He replaces Kjell Jonevret, who resigned earlier this week.

Pirates said in a statement on Thursday: “Orlando Pirates Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Milutin Sredejovic as new Head Coach.

“The 47-year old takes over with immediate effect. ‘Micho’, as he is affectionately known, returns to the Bucs stable after joining as a 37-year old in 2006, where he led the squad to a CAF Champions League semi-final berth.

“Since leaving the club, Micho has gone on to establish himself on the African continent for both club and country.

“Micho recently led the Ugandan national team to their first African Cup of Nations participation in 38 years.

“The newly appointed head coach is due to meet with the Chairman later today to discuss matters around the squad and his support staff.”

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