Vipers SC

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Vipers SC
Full nameVipers Sports Club
Founded1969 (as Bunamwaya FC)
GroundSt Mary's Stadium, Kitende
Capacity15,000
PresidentDr Lawrence Mulindwa
ManagerFred Kajoba[1]
LeagueUgandan Premier League
2017/18z1st
WebsiteClub website

Vipers SC is a football club in Kitende, near Kajjansi, Uganda, having won the Ugandan championship three times.[2] They play in the top level of Ugandan professional football, the Ugandan Super 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.

Stadium[edit]

They play at St Mary's Stadium Kitende, which has a capacity of 20,000.[13] The stadium was completely refurbished in 2018 and includes artificial turf.[14]

Achievements[edit]

2010, 2015, 2017–2018
2016
2019

Current team[edit]

as of August 04th 2017[15]

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

No. Position Player
19 Uganda GK Ochan Derrick
01 Uganda GK Fabien Mutombora
30 Uganda GK Kigundu Denis
06 Uganda DF Siraje Ssentamu
3 Uganda DF Dan Bilikwalira
21 Uganda DF Halidi Lwaliwa
4 Uganda DF Ibrahim Kiyemba
28 Uganda DF Wasswa Geoffrey
15 Uganda DF Paul Willa
05 Uganda DF Asiku Bashir
03 Uganda DF Farouk Musisi
29 Uganda DF Tembo Ibrahim
26 Uganda DF Livingstone Mulondo
25 Uganda MF Abdul Karim Watambala
No. Position Player
13 Uganda MF Rahamat Ssenfuka
15 Uganda MF Frank Tumwesigye
8 Uganda MF Duncan Sseninde
18 Uganda MF Brian Nkuubi
30 Kenya MF Innocent Wafula
26 Uganda MF Brian Kalumba
7 Uganda MF Tom Masiko
22 Uganda MF Tito Okello
24 Uganda MF Bobos Byaruhanga
16 Burundi FW Denis Mwemezi
10 Uganda FW Dan Sserunkuuma
11 Uganda FW Joseph Janjali
09 Uganda FW Fahad Bayo
31 Uganda FW Najib Yiga
20 Uganda FW Steven Mukwala
02 Uganda DF Ahmed Amayo

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Technical Team[edit]

Head Coach Fred Kajoba
Assistant Coach Edward Sali
Assistant Coach Ibrahim Mugisha
Goalkeeper Trainer Ibrahim Mugisha
Team Doctor Mathias Kasagga
Physical Trainer Ram Nyakaana
Technical Director None

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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