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Edward Golola named Vipers SC head coach

Golola was Nam Ouma’s assistant for the second half of last season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

KITENDE – Vipers SC have named Edward Golola as their head coach for the 2019/20 season.

Golola who was assistant to Nam Ouma last season is understood to have signed a short term deal with the Venoms.

The proceedings were confirmed by the Kitende based side on Saturday afternoon via their website.

“Vipers Sports Club is delighted to announce Edward Golola as new head coach.” Read a post on Vipers SC official website.

Golola who has forever been associated with Vipers, returns for a third stint after being the assistant coach on two different occassions in the past.

He served as an assistant coach to Portuguese tactician Miguel Da Costa (2017-2018) and Kenyan Michael Nam Ouma (second half of 2018/2019).

Golola could not hide his excitement after appointment, noting that his focus is to prepare the team ahead of the upcoming season.

“I am immensely proud to be returning as head coach. Said Golola.

“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead,”

Club President Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa also confirmed the new development to the players during Saturday’s morning training session at St Mary’s Stadium.

“As the executive we can confirm Edward Golola as our next coach and we will give him all the support he needs this season.” Mulindwa said.

Golola will be deputised by Richard Wasswa, who also returns to the club for his third spell.

Golola replaces Ouma whose 6-month contract expired last month and was not renewed.

Nam Ouma’s contract was not extended at the back end of last season.

The technical team that was dissolved earlier has been reappointed with Ram Nyakana Mpuga (fitness coach), Edward Ssali (second assistant coach), Mathius Kassagga (physiotherapist) and Moses Oloya as goalkeeping coach.

Vipers SC start the 2019/20 football season with participation in the Pilsner Super 8 tournament that gets underway next week.

The opening game will be on July 31 against Proline FC at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

Vipers are bidding to bounce back from a disappointing 2018/19 season.

The Venoms came into last season as the defending league champions and finalist in the Uganda Cup but could not replicate such form.

Representing Uganda in the CAF Champions league, the Venoms were eliminated at the second round of qualification and hence dropped to the Confederation Cup. While there, they also failed to make it to the Group stages as they fell immediately.

In the League, they came second to KCCA FC while a humiliating exit to then-Big League side, Proline FC, ended their Uganda Cup campaign at the quarter-final stage.

The have already completed four major signings with Allan Kayiwa, Paul Willa, Siraje Ssentamu and Rashid Toha all joining them.

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