Roberto rejuvenates Vipers SC
Stanbic Uganda Cup Final
Vipers SC 8-1 Bul FC
Vipers SC will go into this new season in a more comfortable situation than any other.
Under their new Brazilian coach Roberto Olivieira, they have a gem who should make them forget the deficiencies of the past foreign coaches hired to raise the club’s fortunes. The Brazilian completes his team with Portuguese assistant Marcelo Cardoso.
Roberto’s side whitewashed Bul FC in a one sided affair Stanbic Uganda Cup final played at the FUFA Technical Centre at Njeru on Sunday afternoon.
The Brazilian has maintained the high scoring habit of the club in the competition under Fred Kajoba who had defeated; Busoga Utd (Agg. 5-1), UPDF FC (Agg. 4-2) and SC Villa (Agg. 3-1).
The Kitende based outfit run away with eight goals, a new record for a Stanbic Uganda Cup final with Sentamu Yunus (4) and Congolese Cesar Manzoki running riot. Karisa and Mulondo added the rest. While Hamis Tibita scored a consolation goal for Bul FC.
It was a tough afternoon for the Jinja based outfit who had on field player Musa Esenu forced to go between the sticks after Sanon Mulabi sustained an injury.
Roberto has clinched Vipers SC their second Uganda Cup since 2016 when they had their hands on Uganda’s oldest competition.
However, the manner in which he has gone about his business in the two games his club has played will send shockwaves to the rest of the league.
Against Police, he beat Abdallah hands down with two an unanswered goals, having a lion’s share of the proceedings on the pitch.
Alex Isabirye who tamed Wasswa Bossa’s league champions Express FC with a lone goal had a torrid afternoon deal with Roberto’s well drilled and resilient outfit. Isabirye’s side failed to come to terms the Vipers SC’s quick passing and pressing approach to the game.
Vipers SC look a well balanced side right from the goalkeeping department. Congolese forward Manzoki appears to have rejuvenated and benefitted from the arrival of the Brazilian. His partnership with fellow attacker Ssentamu is unbelievable. The pair are helping each other and scoring at ease.
Then the partnership of Bobosi Byaruhanga (best midfielder of the tournament) and David Bagoole at the heart of the midfield has clicked and they are helping to control the game and forwards score. Creative and tricky Milton Karisa looks a man yearning to take the league by storm.
Roberto has coined a solid partnership at the back with Asiku Bashir and Livingstone Mulondo (best defender of the tournament) and then Paul Willa at the right completed by Disan Galiwango.
Burundian Fabien Mutombora (best goalkeeper of the tournament) continues to keep the sticks smart but was forced off injured in Sunday’s final. However, Denis Kiggundu was there in handy to keep the situation calm.
Roberto still had a strong bench with players like Orit Ibrahim, Mzee Sserunkuma, Karim Watambala, Bright Anukani, Abraham Ndugwa, Paul Muceerezi, Halid Lwaliwa, Aziz Kayondo and Muhammad Shaban not able to feature in his starting lineup.
Vipers SC who finished third last season, will surely have a good run this season with concentration on reclaiming the title from Express FC and keeping URA who finished above them and KCCA FC who have shopped well at distant check.
Mutombora, Willa, Galiwango, Mulondo, Asiku, Byaruhanga, Karisa, Bagoole, Ssentamu, Manzoki, Yunus
Sanon Mulabi, Agrey Madoi, Walter Ochora, Fredson Gwoto, Godfrey Akol, Allan Kiggundu, Owen Mukisa, Simon Oketch, Musa Esenu, Martin Aprem, Joseph Ssemujju
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.