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Vipers’ coaches: Six down and still counting...

Javier Martinez when he signed for Vipers

Javier Martinez when he signed for Vipers

Mexican Javier Martinez became the sixth tactician in a period of three years, to be sacked from the top coaching job at Vipers SC. His immediate predecessor, Portuguese Miguel Da Costa was sacked in July, after guiding Vipers to their third league title in May 2018.

Da Costa spent one and a half years on the job while Martinez had a paltry four months, raising questions about the lack of stability in coaching Vipers. 

As much as Vipers’ supremo Lawrence Mulindwa has proved to be the team’s greatest asset, seeing how far his investment has moved the club from a simple village team to an international side, he is accused of being a detractor.

Critics feel Mulindwa’s knee-jerk reactions have destabilized his club’s technical growth. The fact that his players have had to work under Edward Golola, George Nsimbe, Abdallah Mubiru, Richard Wasswa and the aforementioned two foreign coaches, could not have helped them fit into a philosophy.

Settling down with an identity is important for Vipers, if they are to become a force on the African continent. During the unveiling of Martinez last year, Mulindwa said the new coach would take them places on the continent. 

But after Vipers were ejected from the Caf Champions League on December 22 by CS Constantine of Algeria, Martinez’s exit appeared inevitable. Haruna Kyobe, an official at Vipers, said the team has generally not been playing well and Martinez was not in charge of the dressing room.

An interim coaching team, headed by Michael Ouma, will be in charge until the club finds a permanent coach. Ouma started his reign against Bright Stars last Saturday, January 5.

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