Vipers opt for Brazilian Oliveira as new coach

By the virtue of the contract signed between the two parties on Friday, the new coach will stay at the St Mary's stadium at least until 2024 and will be deputized by Mercelo Cardoso from Portugal.

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Former Uganda Premier League winners Vipers SC have appointed Brazilian Roberto Oliviera alias Robertinho as their head coach.

The news ends media speculations that had dragged on for so long linking former KCCA manager Mike Mutebi to the job.

By the virtue of the contract signed between the two parties on Friday, the new coach will stay at the St Mary’s stadium at least until 2024 and will be deputized by Mercelo Cardoso from Portugal.

Oliviera  takes over from interim Paul Kiwanuka who steered the team through the final bend of last season after Fred Kajoba had left.

His immediate task should be to reclaim the league title that the Venoms saw slipping through their hands to rivals Express FC. The defending champions could only finish third behind URA.

However, the Brazilian may have a chance to celebrate a trophy sooner than later if Fufa decides to continue the Uganda Cup.

The competition was early August suspended indefinitely but Vipers were among the semi-finalists.

Vipers were supposed to take on Police FC in a two-legged tie, for a place in the final. Express FC and BUL FC are the other sides still left in the competition.

While speaking at Oliviera’s unveiling, club president Lawrence Mulindwa, said they had got the “right candidate” and thanked whoever was involved in the process.

“We needed a coach with strategic and leadership skills – innovative and will give strategic direction to the club to ensure the vision and mission of the club are achieved.”

“We needed a coach who could bring a fundamental change to the club, one with a strong winning mentality as we aim to become the number one club on the continent,” Mr Mulindwa said.

Mr. Lawrence Mulindwa (L) at the unveiling of coach Roberto Oliveira (M) on August 27,2021| IMAGE RIGHTS- VIPERS SC.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Robertinho played club football in Brazil, Portugal and Switzerland for Fluminense, Flamengo, Palmeiras, Internacional, Sport Recife, Atlético Mineiro, Nacional and Grössembacher.

At international level, he has just a cap to his name. He featured for Brazil on 25 September 1980, against Paraguay.

Oliveira has previously coached Gor Mahia, club Stade Tunisien in Africa and Brazilian clubs Americano and Fluminense. He was relieved of his duties at Gor Mahia in December 2020. 

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