After two hundred three (203) days in charge, Vipers Sports Club has confirmed the sacking of coach Micheal Ouma.
Coach Micheal Ouma who replaced Javier Espinoza for Vipers midway last season guided the club to a second-place finish on the Star times Uganda Premier League table with 59 points.
21 games in charge, Ouma has left the Entebbe based club with a record of nine wins, four losses and eight draws.
According to the club’s statement, coach Ouma together with the technical department has all been relieved of their duties.
The statement which was posted on the club’s official website on 22nd July read;
“Vipers Sports Club would like to announce that coach Michael Nam Ouma has left the club.”
It added, “The Club has also dissolved the technical department with immediate effect.”
Meanwhile, under the same post, the club also thanked him for his great services during his time.
Furthermore, the club also pinpointed that their search for a replacement is already underway.
“Vipers Sports Club would like to thank coach Micheal Ouma and the technical team for the services rendered to the club and we wish them the best going forward,” read the statement.
“The club has started a process for the recruitment of a new coach and technical staff,” it added.
Club History – Vipers SC Uganda
Vipers SC is a football club based in Kitende near Kajjansi, Uganda. The club was founded as Bunamwaya FC in 1969.
Vipers SC has played in the Uganda Premier League since 2006 after winning the Wakiso District and Super Mini League promotion league in 2005, finishing in the top half of the table every year since then.
With the backing of the by then federation president Lawrence Mulindwa, now the club’s owner, the club signed several important players for the 2010 season, including seven members of the Ugandan National Team.
Bunamwaya won their first-ever Uganda Premier League title with two rounds to spare but they did not participate in the 2011 CAF Champions League for financial reasons.
Bunamwaya were unable to replicate their success, finishing 3rd in 2011 and finishing runners up in both the cup and the league in 2012.
On 21 August 2012, Bunamwaya was then renamed to Vipers SC to elevate the status of the club and make them more nationally relevant.
Vipers lost the 2013 Uganda Cup final heartbreakingly. After taking the lead in the 78th minute on a Joseph Mprade penalty, Victoria University scored a goal in the final seconds of the match and then went on to win the penalty kick shootout 5–3.
League success finally came again in the 2014–15 season after a league campaign which saw Vipers lose only once. The championship found Vipers in continental competition for the first time.
In the 2016 CAF Champions League, they lost their first-ever continental tie 2–1 on aggregate to Enyimba FC of Nigeria in the preliminary round.
Vipers finished runners up in the 2015–16 season but saw their first-ever success in the Uganda Cup, beating Onduparaka FC 3–1.
The win qualified them for the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup where they beat Volcan Club from Comoros 1–1 on away goals in the preliminary round but fell to South African
Platinum Stars in the first round 3–2 on aggregate after conceding a 90th-minute penalty.
Having had a poor campaign both in the league and Uganda cup in the 2018-19 season, the club’s dream to participate yet again in the upcoming CAF Champions League was shattered.
They play at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende, which has a capacity of 20,000. The stadium was completely refurbished in 2018 and includes artificial turf as well as a first-class gym.
Ugandan Premier League : 3
2010, 2015, 2017–2018
Ugandan Cup: 2016
By John Dalton Kigozi