Ahead of a busy 2022/23 season, Uganda Premier League Champions, Vipers SC have added a number of playing personnel to their already stacked roaster.
They have so far added seven players including goalkeepers Alfred Macumu Mudekereza, Olivier Osomba, Abubaker Lawal, Isa Mubiru, Ashraf Mandela, Abdu Lumala and Marvin Joseph Youngman.
And, Club President, Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa believes the additions will bring competition which is good for the club as it aims to achieve bigger success, especially in the CAF Champions League.
“There’s no place without competition,” started Mulindwa in his new season address to the players as quoted by the Club media.
“Some of you think we will have only eleven players such that you can start each of them, but, there must be Competition.”
“Competition is what makes a team succeed, don’t be selfish. So, if you don’t believe in competition, I advise you to resign and leave today.”
He went as far as alluding to former Uganda Cranes and Mamelodi Sundowns custodian Dennis Masinde Onyango.
“I’ll give you an example of Dennis Onyango, whom we consider the best sportsman in the country,” he calmly stated.
“At the time Mamelodi Sundowns bought him, he was already good but they loaned him out first.”
“So you have to be patient. They had a Zambian goalkeepers (Kennedy Mweene) and when Onyango came, he competed and has now won everything with Sundowns.”
This comes at a time when a number of football faithfuls have been questioning the huge number of incomings at Kitende.
That said though, many others have or are in the process of exiting. Paul Willa, Allan Kayiwa and Denis Mwemezi have already departed while Mutwalib Mugolofa left on loan.
The Venoms are vying to compete at the highest level in the Uganda Premier League, Uganda Cup, CAF Champions League, FUFA Super Cup, and the Pilsner Super Eight (8).