KAMPALA – Vipers SC on Monday sacked coach Fred Kajoba replacing him with his assistant Paul Kiwanuka – a few hours after allegedly deserting the team. But several other versions of the same give a different story.
Kajoba is said to have disagreed with club officials on several issues – regarding the technical operations of the team.
Its alleged that Kajoba abandoned the club after Monday drills – opting to attend The Cranes training at the Phillip Omondi – Lugogo ahead of a scheduled friendly Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
Vipers sources reason that Kajoba should have be patient for at least some days until after their Wednesday Uganda Cup encounter against SC Villa in Bombo, before joining the Cranes.
“Because we needed him, more especially this time when league and Uganda cup are about to close,” said a source.
But Kajoba – according to a source too close to him, believes he was more comfortable serving the national team than Vipers.
“The Vipers Sports Club Management has this evening received news of the verbal notice of resignation from its Head Coach Mr Fred Kajoba Kisitu after today’s evening training session.
“The club management shall be sitting at the earliest to consider these developments and a detailed statement shall be issued thereafter.
“In the meantime, the playing staff and other members of the technical bench are in high spirits and preparing for the club’s forthcoming competitive engagements in the Uganda Premier League –UPL and Uganda Cup competitions,” read a statement, in parts – published on the club’s official website, late on Monday.
But our sources revealed that later in the day, club management, which had hurriedly met in Kampala – decided to terminate Kajoba’s contract as head coach – handing the same role to his assistant Kiwanuka – an inexperienced tactician.
Our sources revealed further that the club’s proprietor – Lawrence Mulindwa was furious with the conduct of Kajoba – declaring that it cost him nothing to lose either the UPL title or the Uganda Cup.
Mulindwa, according to sources is said to have described Kajoba’s behaviour as undermining him to the extrem.
But the same source said Kajoba was furious the club had on several occasions tried to acquire the services of another coach – including the recent secret failed negotiations with former KCCA FC manager – Mike Mutebi.
Kajoba was appointed at head coach at St. Mary’s following the dismissal of Edward Golola and his entire technical bench on January 23, 2020.
Golola was dismissed after a humiliation from third-tier side Kajjansi United in the preliminary round of the season’s Uganda Cup.