Uganda Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic (left) and his assistants Kefa Kisala, Fred Kajoba and team manager Crispus Muyinda. Uganda's football community is mourning Nigerian legend Stephen Keshi who passed away on Wednesday morning

Uganda national men’s football team head coach Milutin Micho Sredojević on Wednesday paid tribute to Nigerian football legend Stephen Keshi who has died at the age of 54.

Legend and big boss of African football Stephen Keshi you left us too early. Nigeria and African football will never forget job done especially with Togo, Mali and Nigeria. Rest in peace,” Micho said.

And Uganda’s football federation also tweeted:

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Fufa joins the rest of the football world in mourning the demise of former @thenff  head coach Stephen Keshi. We are saddened by the news.

Keshi a personal to Uganda’s Serbian born coach Micho, was only the second person to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.

He was part of the Super Eagles team when it won the cup in Tunisia in 1994 after beating Zambia 2-1 in the final.

Micho is on the brink of qualifying Uganda for the Nations Cup for the first time since 1978 after a hard fought win of 2-1 against Botswana in Francistown over the weekend.  The Cranes need three points to total 13 and will be well in the top contention for the second placed teams in all the groups.