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    Vipers Coach Fred Kajoba

    Vipers SC head coach, Fred Kajoba is under pressure and could be shown the exit away from the Venoms chief managerial role soon, more so if he fails to win the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) this season.

    Kajoba’s woes have escalated after an ugly evening at Kitende where the Venoms threw away a two goal lead at half time to eventually loose 3-2 to Mbarara City.

    With five games to go, it is logically unacceptable for a club in tight title contention to loose a point, and even worse three.

    With Express FC’s 4-0 against Busoga United on Tuesday, Vipers now slip to third with 53 points. The Red Eagles are now top with 55 points as they await URA’s fixture tomorrow.

    Vipers will hope to dust off their disappointment as they visit tricky side, Bright Stars on Friday.

    Now a sector of some Vipers’ fans are calling for Kajoba out as they believe his tactics were poor enough to aid the visitors’ victory.

    There’s so much anticipation that former KCCA coach, Mike Mutebi who is so synonymous with the UPL is lined up for the Kitende job.

    Mutebi, a proven tactician is still jobless after turning away two different offers outside Uganda. According to close sources to Mutebi, the coach wants to a job here in Uganda, and it can’t be further than another well established club like Vipers.

    The club has however not made any formally approached Mutebi for the offer, but he could hardly reject the same.

    How Vipers Lost To Mbarara…

    Vipers SC succumbed to a third defeat this season after throwing away a precious first-half lead.

    The victory means Mbarara City have now managed a league double over Vipers for the first time in their history.

    The Venoms headed into this one with a chance to go top of the league table with either a win or a draw especially with leaders URA visiting Kyetume FC on Wednesday.

    Vipers got off to a flying start, creating multiple chances before Yunus Sentamu yet again appeared on the score sheet after 16 minutes.

    The second was not far away as Sentamu’s shot was dropped into the path of Paul Mucureezi who tucked home from close range. Mucureezi could have added a third three minutes later but his thunderbolt was brilliantly thwarted by goalkeeper Muhammad Ssekeba.

    In the second half, Fred Kajoba’s side did not show up as Livingstone Mbabazi’s team went all out. Four minutes to the hour mark, Solomon Okwalinga slotted home from a penalty.

    Pressure built around the home team from then on and substitute Bashir Mutanda made it square after 63 minutes for his third in four games.

    Five minutes to full time, Jude Ssemugabi condemned the champions to a devastating loss with a third for the Ankole Lions.

    By Juma Ali

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    FUFA Bans All Fans From Stadiums!…

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    Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium-Namboole

    FUFA has issued Circular number 1136 directing all clubs not to admit fans to the stadiums until further notice.

    The communication signed off by the FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza was issued on Thursday 3rd June 2021.

    The circular addressed to FUFA Members, Special Interest Groups of FUFA and Stakeholders reads;

    As you are all aware according to statistics from the Ministry of Health there is an upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as deaths in Uganda.

    FUFA had earlier allowed up to 200 fans to watch FUFA organised and FUFA authorized competitions with strong adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This is no longer tenable in the current situation.

    Therefore, in order to ensure the Health and Safety of players, Technical staff and all stakeholders, all matches shall be played without spectators or fans until further notice.

    “As we wind up the 1st Division, 2nd Division and the Uganda Cup there shall be no fans in the stadiums,” FUFA emphasised, encouraging teams to limit all other authorized personnel to the bear minimum.

    As per the warning, SOPs must be strictly observed and COVID-19 vaccination enhanced by football officials and players throughout the country.

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    Mukwala Joins Cranes Camp!…

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    URA striker Steven Mukwala has been summoned to the Cranes camp

    URA FC striker Steven Mukwala has joined the Uganda Cranes camp after a late call up by interim coach Abdallah Mubiru.

    The summoned squad of 34 players is preparing for an international friendly match against Bafana Bafana slated for 10th June 2021 in South Africa.

    Mukwala now joins three other tax collectors in the Cranes camp including his club captain Shafik Kagimu, Patrick Mbowa and Ivan Sserubiri to bring the number to four.

    URA’s number nine has so far had 20 goal involvements in 24 league appearances this season. Second, on the top scorers’ chart with only two goals less, Mukwala has scored 14 goals and assisted up to six times.

    The striker has already surpassed his last season’s tally where he scored 13 goals in 21 games hence finishing as the league’s top scorer of the 2019/20 season. The season was abandoned after 25 games due to the emergence of the Covid19 pandemic.

    The 21-year-old joins Mubiru’s side outfit hugely dominated by young players mostly featuring in the domestic league, while others make their debut appearances on the National team.

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    Fred Kajoba Deserts Vipers SC After Argument With His Boss…

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    Fred Kajoba

    Fred Kajoba has definitely left his role as head coach of Vipers Sports.

    According to local sports website Footbal256, Kajoba decided to end his relationship with Vipers SC after the club’s technical director Charles Masembe asked him to decide between Vipers and the Uganda Cranes.

    “When I went for our afternoon training session at Vipers, Mr. Masembe called me in his office and asked me to choose between Vipers and Uganda,” Kajoba told Football256.

    “Without thinking twice, I told him I choose Uganda, when Vipers hired me I was working with the Uganda Cranes and I will always choose the Cranes any day over any club job.”

    “So I have resigned from the job, I have said my good byes to the players and I am leaving the premises now,” Kajoba added as he left St Mary’s Stadium.

    Apparently, Kajoba at the expense of Vipers’ training had earlier today been part of the Cranes training at the MTN Omondi Stadium Lugogo as the side commenced preparations for their June 10th friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg.

    Trouble ensued there, provided that there is less than 48 hours to Viper’s Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal return leg against SC Villa at the Military barracks in Bombo.

    Kajoba joined Vipers midway the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season and led them to their fourth title much as the season was cancelled with five games to.

    It is not yet clear whether Kajoba leaves with his trusted right hand man Paul Kiwanuka or the latter will stay to see Vipers through the reminder of the season together with Francis Mugerwa and goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha.

    Before his resignation, Vipers were third on the Premier League log on 56 points, two points behind log leaders Express and one point behind second placed URA.

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