KAMPALA. The Azam Uganda Premier League start is just over a month away with some teams like Bright Stars just returning for preseason training.
Having gone without a trophy last season, there has not been much rest at Vipers though with the 2010 and 2015 champions having started preseason training earl last month.
The message from the club’s hierarchy has also been clear to the players; deliver or be shipped out.
That was emphasized by the team’s coach Jorge Da Costa as they played Kasese regional league side Hima on Saturday. Despite being a preseason game, the Portuguese demanded for victory having earlier drawn their previous game 1-1 against newly promoted side Mbarara earlier in the week.
They responded with a 3-1 win and despite the coach’s assertions afterwards about the game not carrying much importance he fielded a fairly strong side.
This was in addition to vehemently protesting calls that did not go his team’s way as they were held for long periods before two late goals sank the home team.
“It was a good training game. And I am happy with the performance. We have made several changes and I am teaching the team a lot of new things so I am happy with the performance so far,” he said.
They fell behind early on to a David Ninsiima penalty before Tony Odur leveled with a header off Yayo Lutimba’s left wing cross. Two goals in the final 15 minutes then eased the pressure on the Vipers team with Congolese import Mousa Mbayi sweeping home the second from Brian Nkuubi’s pass before Ashraf Mandela added the other 60 seconds later.