KAMPALA – Viper SC had a close to disastrous 2018/19 season, as per their standards.
The Venoms who came into last season as the defending league champions and finalist in the Uganda Cup, 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.
After such an a disappointing season, the Kitende based side are expected to strengthen their playing staff like they always do.
News doing round is that Vipers have identified URA captain Shafick Kagimu as their primary target.
Kawowo Sports have reported that the Venoms have already tabled a bid for the midfielder and are awaiting feed-back from his current employers.
Kagimu had a brilliant 2018/19 season, in which he scored 8 goals and helped set-up a handful. 7 of those goals were scored in the league, including a couple against Vipers.
It is also understood that the Tax Collectors do not want to let go of their captain and are willing to improve his contract so as to fend away interest from Vipers.
Kagimu who was part of the Uganda Cranes team that lost two consecutive games at the just concluded COSAFA tournament in South Africa, still has two years left on his current contract with URA.
Whether the Tax Collectors hold onto their prized asset or Viper make Kagimu their maiden signing, remains to be seen but what is for sure, both teams would really cherish having the 21 year old as part of their team.
Kagimu was part of the Cranes squad for the COSAFA tournament in South Africa.
Before the start of last season, KCCA FC made an offer for the player but the tax collectors wanted more than Sh40m for his services.
Kagimu began his career at Zebra FC (2003-2012), Kampala Junior Team (2012-2013), Water FC (2013-2015). He joined URA FC in 2015 and has since then been a mainstay.