- August 27, 2021
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Vipers Sports Club unveil Roberto Oliveira as New Head Coach
Vipers Sports Club have officially unveiled Brazilian coach Roberto Oliveira as their new head coach on a three year contract, after a long period and process of speculation and search.
Oliveira replaces Fred Kajoba who stepped down as Vipers coach in May 2021 after he was told to choose between coaching the Kitende side or stay with the Cranes where he works as a goalkeeping coach.
It has been a long wait full of ego, suspense and anticipation, but it now zeros down to Roberto Oliveira Gonçalves do Carmo also known as Robertinho.
Robertinho a former player at Nacional, Fluminense and Atletico Miniero joins Vipers after his stint with Kenyan Giants Gor Mahia.
His coaching journey has also seen him work with Rwandan club Rayon Sports between 2018-2019, Club Tunisie, Stade Gabèsien, Grombalia Sports in Tunisia and Angola’s Atlético Sport Aviação.
The 61-year-old becomes the fourth foreign coach at Kitende after Nigerian Andrew Duru Chukuma, Mexican Javier Martinez and Portuguese Jorge Duarte Costa.
In July, Vipers director Dr Lawrence Mulindwa asserted how they would take their time and break the bank if so needed to get the right person for the post.
At the unveiling, Mulindwa highlighted: “This time we had to take our time and not press the panic button, but the process of getting a new coach was not easy.”
“We wanted a coach that designs a suitable model of football, with identity, appreciate the young talent and a leader.”
“Most importantly, wanted a coach who would be able to turn us into professionals,” he noted before adding.
“The people who were involved put into consideration all these attributes.”
“So, this is not just a mere change of guards, this is serious and real marriage,” added the celebrated educationist.
He has bigger tasks than his predecessor, who had KCCA FC as the only consistent rivals for the Uganda Premier League and Uganda cup titles.
This time, stiffer competition is expected from KCCA, league champions Express FC, runners-up URA SC and SC Villa in case their rejuvenation process is a success.
He has the Uganda cup Semifinal with Police FC, to begin with as he gears up for the 2021/22 season.
Full name: Roberto Oliveira Gonçalves do Carmo (Robertinho)
Date of Birth: 22 – June – 1960
Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1978–1982: Fluminense (Brazil)1983: Flamengo (Brazil)
1984: Palmeiras (Brazil)
1985–1986: Flamengo (Brazil)
1987: Internacional (Brazil)
1988: Sport (Brazil)
1989: Atlético Mineiro (Brazil)
1989–1993: Nacional (Portugal)
1994–1995: Grössembacher (Brazil)
National team: Brazil (1980)
1995: Grössembacher (Brazil)
1995–1997: Rio Branco (Brazil)
1998–1999: Brasil de Pelotas (Brazil)
1999–2000: São Bento (Brazil)
2000–2002: Fluminense (Brazil)
2003: Clube de Regatas Brasil (Brazil)
2003–2004: Centro Sportivo Alagoano (Brazil)
2004: America (Brazil)
2004–2005: Rio Branco (Brazil)
2005–2008: Stade Tunisien (Tunisia)
2008–2009: Kazma (Kuwait)
2009: Al-Shamal (Qatar)
2009–2010: Hammam-Sousse (Tunisia)
2010–2011: Legião (Brazil)
2012–2013: Stade Gabèsien (Tunisia)
2013–2014: Grombalia Sports (Tunisia)
2014–2016: Atlético Sport Aviação (Angola)
2018–2019: Rayon Sports (Rwanda)
2020 -2021 Gor Mahia Head Coach (Kenya)
2021 – Vipers