By Allan Damba
Former FUFA president and Vipers Sports Club president Lawrence Mulindwa has vowed to “break the bank” if it requires so to bring in the right head coach for the team.
Vipers parted ways with Fred Kajoba in May after prioritizing his national team goalkeeping job over head coaching at Kitende.
Kajoba had spent just over a year in charge of the Venoms helping them to the 2019/20 Uganda Premier League trophy that was awarded by FUFA with five games to go following the Covid 19 pandemic.
At the time of his departure, Vipers was third on the log with 56 points, two adrift of leaders Express FC and one behind second-placed URA SC.
In recent weeks, tabloids have linked former KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi as the replacement something that the proprietor has refuted.
In a media briefing, Mulindwa assured that they are taking their time to get the right coach and that he will do whatever it takes to get one that ticks all the boxes.
“Recently, I read in the newspapers showing that we have had so many coaches in the past, some of which I had forgotten about,” he joked.
“But, this time we are going to take our time to get an experienced and professional coach, one who will add value to football in Uganda, not just at Vipers and one that will help groom youngsters,” he explained.
“Even if it means breaking the bank, I am ready to do that as long as we have the right coach. We have a very good technical team that will work with him,” he assured.
He went ahead to rubbish any talk that they already have an agreement with someone: “so it is not true that we have already agreed with anyone as media has had it recently.”
Even then, much as he did not mention Mutebi’s name, he as well did not rule it out thus his will continue to be the name on everyone’s lips to the job until an announcement is made.
VIPERS COACHES SINCE
2006 Jan-April 2006: Charles Katumba
May-Dec 2006: Charles Ayiekoh
2007–2008: Jackson Mayanja
2009–2011: Edward Golola
2012-2013: Ambrose ChukumaDuru
2014–2015: Edward Golola
Jan–July 2016: George Nsimbe
July–Dec 2016: Abdallah Mubiru
Jan–March 2017: Richard Wasswa
Mar.2017–July 2018: Miguel DaCosta
August–Dec 2018: Martinez Espinoza
Jan–July 2019: Michael Nam
July 2019–Jan2020: Edward Golola
Jan 2020–to date: Fred Kajoba