Monday Jul 24, 2017. 17:00
Following changes in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic says Africa has caved under pressure from Europe.
'Micho' was speaking to the BBC website after CAF announced that the continental tournament will now be held in June and July instead of January and February.
The Cranes manager has since lashed out at the continental football governing body, saying that they succumbed to European pressure.
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The Serbia-born manager was speaking after leading his men to a 5-1 win over Sudan in a 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier.
"Though not directly, Africa succumbed to the pressure of Europe to have this tournament played when it's best for them," Sredojevic told BBC Sport.
"I have never believed some of these theories that come from Europe on having the AFCON in January and February.
"The Congress and the people who made the changes I am sure have looked at the marketing and money side of the tournament more than the quality.
"It has been so tough to qualify for AFCON with 16 teams and indeed only deserving teams could make it."
Furthermore, the changes are set to come into effect in the upcoming edition set to be staged in Cameroon in 2019.