Vipers SC striker Dan Sserunkuuma’s 2019/2020 season was not all good due to the limited playing time he received following Fahad Bayo’s signing.
Bayo joined the Kitende-based club at the beginning of last season but this meant that Sserunkuuma had to lose his starting spot on the striking line in Bayo’s favour.
Bayo scored 12 goals for Vipers last season from 23 games while Sserunkuuma managed only three goals.
However, imminent Bayo’s move to Israeli side FC Ashdod means that the former Gor Mahia talisman can get enough playing time in the forthcoming season.
To regain his starting though, he will need to beat off competition from Muhammad Shaban who has recovered from an injury that saw him miss the entire 2019/2020 season.
Shaban is also eager to come back strong in order to repay his bosses who have been patient with his nagging injury.
According to Sserunkuuma who managed only three goals last season for Vipers, his target is to improve ahead of the 2020/2021 season.
“My intention is to get more challenges so that I improve as a player. All our focus is on next season and our main target is performing well in the CAF Champions League,” Sserunkuuma said.
But Vipers head coach Fred Kajoba has stated that while he anticipates some changes when the team returns, especially after the lengthy break in football, he maintains that the decision to select players will depend on his assessment when training resumes.
“We have not yet started preparations for next season. I am yet to assess players’ fitness and performance,” Kajoba told Football256.
“I was in charge of Vipers SC for seven games and players selection was determined by their performance in the training.”
“This will be the case next season; I will always select those who will show good performance in the training,” he added.
Kajoba has diverse options to choose from in attack with Paul Mucureezi, Abraham Nduggwa, Tito Okello, Allan Kayiwa, Milton Kariisa and Shaban, plus new signing Ibrahim Orit all up for selection.
However, with the array of attacking options, Sserunkuuma possesses huge experience with a proven goal scoring record both in Uganda and in Kenya with Gor Mahia.
During the 2018/2019 season, Sserunkuuma bagged 12 goals while in 2017/2018 season he scored 17 goals and won the Uganda Premier League golden boot.
Kajoba and his charges are targeting their maiden Champions League group stage qualification as well as defending the StarTimes Uganda Premier League ahead of the 2020/2021 season.