Vipers SC

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Vipers SC
Vipers SC logo.png
Full nameVipers Sports Club
Founded1969 (as Bunamwaya FC)
GroundSt Mary's Stadium-Kitende, Kampala
Capacity25,000
PresidentLawrence Mulindwa
ManagerFred Kajoba[1]
LeagueUgandan Premier League
2019/20201st
WebsiteClub website

Vipers SC is a football club based at Kitende in Wakiso District. Vipers SC has won the Ugandan championship four times.[2] They play in the top level of Ugandan professional football, the Uganda Premier League.

History[edit]

The club was founded as Bunamwaya FC in 1969.[3]

Vipers SC have played in the Uganda Premier League since 2006 after winning the Wakiso District and Super Mini League promotion league in 2005.[4] They have finished in the top half of the table every year since the 2006–07 season.

With the backing of president Lawrence Mulindwa, the club signed several important players for the 2010 season, including seven members of the Ugandan National Team at the time. Bunamwaya won their first ever Uganda Premier League title with two rounds to spare.[5][6] They did not participate in the 2011 CAF Champions League for financial reasons.[7]

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 renamed to Vipers SC in order to "elevate the status of the club" and make them more nationally relevant.[8]

Vipers lost the 2013 Uganda Cup final in heartbreaking fashion. 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.[9]

League success finally came again in the 2014–15 season after a league campaign which saw Vipers lose only once.[10] They were led by Edward Golola. The club has close ties with St. Mary's School in Kitende, with 17 players on the 2015 championship-winning squad from that school.[11]

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.[12] 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.

The Vipers participated in the 2018-19 CAF Champions League where they fell to CS Constantine of Algeria 3–0 on aggregate, one round shy of the group stage.

In may 2020, Vipers sc was declared champions of the Uganda Premier League 2019/2020 while leading with 54points from 25 matches for the fourth time in their history after the league was cancelled by FUFA due to the out break of COVID19 disease.

Stadium[edit]

They play at St. Mary's Stadium-Kitende, which has a capacity of 25,000.[13] The stadium was completely refurbished in 2018 and includes artificial turf.[14]

Achievements[edit]

2010, 2015, 2017–2018, 2019–2020
2016
2019

Current team[edit]

as of June 13th 2020[15]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Uganda UGA Fabien Mutombora
2 DF Uganda UGA Ahmed Amayo
3 DF Uganda UGA Dissan Galiwango
3 DF Uganda UGA Aziz Kayondo
4 DF Uganda UGA Ibrahim Orit
5 DF Uganda UGA Asiku Bashir
6 DF Uganda UGA Siraje Ssentamu
7 FW Uganda UGA Kyebatala Umar
8 MF Uganda UGA Bagoole David
10 FW Uganda UGA Dan Sserunkuuma
11 FW South Sudan SSD Toha Rashid
13 MF Uganda UGA Rahamat Ssenfuka
14 FW Uganda UGA Paul Mucureezi
15 DF South Sudan SSD Dhata Joseph
15 DF Uganda UGA Paul Willa
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 FW Burundi BDI Denis Mwemezi
18 MF Uganda UGA Karisa Milton
19 GK Uganda UGA Ssekagya Bashir
20 MF Uganda UGA Kalisa Jamil
21 DF Uganda UGA Halidi Lwaliwa
22 MF Uganda UGA Shaban Muhammad
24 MF Uganda UGA Bobos Byaruhanga
25 MF Uganda UGA Abdul Karim Watambala (C)
26 DF Uganda UGA Okao Jacob
26 DF Uganda UGA Livingstone Mulondo
28 DF Uganda UGA Wasswa Geoffrey
30 GK Uganda UGA Kigundu Denis
30 MF Kenya KEN Innocent Wafula
31 FW Uganda UGA Najib Yiga

Technical Team[edit]

Head Coach Fred Kajoba
Assistant Coach Paul Kiwanuka
Assistant Coach Francis Mugerwa
Goalkeeper Trainer Ibrahim Mugisha
Team Doctor Noah Kayongo
Physical Trainer Edward Sali aka Bayano
Conditioning Coach Ram Nyakana
Sporting Director Charlse Masembe
Statistician Leo Ssekamatte
Video Analyst Kenneth Muwanga
Kits Manager Edward Ssentongo

References[edit]

  1. ^ kyeyune, moses mugalu & elly. "Team-by-team guide to Uganda Premier League". observer.ug. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Uganda 2007/08". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ "VIPERS FC PROFILE". kawowo.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Uganda 2005". rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  5. ^ Nsimbe, John Vianney. "How Bunamwaya became Ugandan football kings". observer.ug. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Uganda 2009/10". rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Bunamwaya out of CAF over cash woes". newvision.co.ug. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Bunamwaya FC renamed Vipers SC – New Vision". Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  9. ^ "SC Victoria University are 2013 Uganda Cup Kings". kawowo.com. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Uganda 2014/15". rsssf.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Golola role can't be ignored". Daily Monitor. 7 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Vipers claim maiden Cup to end Onduparaka fairytale". upl.co.ug. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  13. ^ FIFA
  14. ^ Isabirye, David (September 25, 2018). "Refurbished St Mary's Stadium, Kitende officially opened". Kawowo.com.
  15. ^ "FUFA – Vipers SC" (PDF). fufa.co.ug. Retrieved 13 November 2018.

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