Respected Sports analysts have suggested that the decision to sack coach Edward Golola by Vipers has been rushed.
In what has been regarded as pressing a panick button, the club management have parted ways with the coach despite leading the league log with four points.
This came after back to back losses against SC Villa and Kajjansi United in the League and Uganda Cup respectively.
“Against Kajjansi, they went out in a fighting spirit not that they were complacent,” said Ruben Luyombo. “Its totally uncalled for. It’s not good to make an emotional decisions.”
“That is the sole reason that team may not dominate Ugandan football like KCCA has done. There is no room for stability, and patience is not in their vocabulary.”
Golola was appointed coach in July 2019, replacing Kenyan Nam Ouma.
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Isma Dhakaba Kigongo, head of corporate affairs at NCS, commented that the decision is not shocking;
“It’s not a good decision but it’s not a new or shocking decision. As night follows day, Golola was sacked for the umpteenth time and will be reappointed sooner than we all think.
“It has become a habit for the Vipers’ hierarchy to have knee jerk reactions to every bad result. Golola has always paid the price of staying within the conveyor belt of being sacked and reappointed.”
This has been Golola’s third stint at the club as a head coach following previous periods in 2009-2011 and 2014-2015.
Golola III has seen 13 wins from 18 games, losing only twice.
Daily Monitor and the Score’s editor Innocent Ndawula called the decision unfortunate.
“Vipers have pushed the panic button a little too early this time round. Two losses and a son of the soil is sacked? No way! Again, unfortunately this has been the order of the day in Kitende.
“Decisions are done at the heat of the moment and emotions run very fast. Vipers, though, remain my top contenders to win the Uganda Premier League this term.”
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Brian Tuka, 91.3 Capital FM, says that it’s unreal to sack a coach when you are top of the log:
“It just says everything about the club: All over the place and no clear direction.
“Top of the table in the league and you sack a coach? Unless that was the agreement winning both league and Cup which I highly doubt. But is never looked like a permanent coach there. Just a stop gap.”
Brian Kawalya – Chief Sports Writer (The-SportsNation)
“It may go down as one of those infamous decisions, but what will matter at the end of the day is who will be Golola’s successor. Vipers has been far wide off the mark when it comes to appointing the right coaches in recent past, including a decision to appoint Golola, leave alone all those impressing stats.
“Golola had failed to establish a team that commands authority on the field of play, yes, they have been winning games, but not in a manner that is very convincing. The team lacks identity and he was earlier blamed for tinkering with his team selection. He is a good coach, but not what Vipers need given all their future plans and ambitions.
“They will need a coach that is not just result oriented but one who will build an identity on the pitch, and the rumour about Mike Mutebi heading to Kitende will have to resurface.”