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Who Can Fill Fahad Bayo’s Void At Vipers?

Fahad Bayo’s move to Israel club FC Ashdod FC has left the striking place up for grabs at Vipers and provided coach Fred Kajoba with fresh headache.

The striker’s 12 goals handed Vipers, who managed 38 goals in total, a league title in a season that was ended due to Covid19 pandemic.

To put it into the right perspective, Bayo scored more than Tito Okello (3), Dan Mzee Sserunkuma (3), Abram Ndugwa (2) and Denis Mwemezi (2) combined.

Kajoba, just like everyone at the club, has been aware that Bayo will be leaving soon, although they have not made efforts to get a replacement for the goal poacher in the ongoing transfer window.

It looks too early to judge Vipers business with the transfer window still open and Brian Aheebwa is still on the club’s radar.

In his recent interview with the club, Kajoba stated that he knows the right players to keep, send on loan or those to be released.

However, with the recent rumours that Steven Mukwala would be joining URA FC, will be a double blow for the Venoms. Kajoba will be missing a 10-plus-goal striker, and to make it worse, Mukwala will have joined one of his direct rivals.

Vipers have reportedly not shown any interest in renewing the contract of Mukwala, who finished the campaign as the top scorer last season at Maroons.

Mwemezi, who had made a name in Masaza Cup, has not lived to the billing and is set to be loaned.

L-R: Vipers players Dan Mzee Sserunkuma, Abram Ndugwa and Tito Olello

Weighing The Options:

Mzee Dan Sserunkuma – He is an improved version of Bayo – Very clinical on goal, he doesn’t need many chances to find the back of the net. Sserunkuma was the league’s top scorer in the 2017/18 season when he bagged 17 goals (six with Express before joining Vipers in January). He scored more 12 the following season but the arrival of Bayo in the 2019/20 season robbed him of playing time and regularly made cameos off the bench.

Muhammed Shaban – A lethal striker. No one can doubt Shaban’s proficiency in front of goal after his exploits with Onduparaka FC back then. He scored 18 goals during his short spell at KCCA in the 2017/18 season before moving to Raja Cassablance. He joined Vipers last season and never made it to the green due to a long term injury. When fit, and mind in one place, Shaban is just unstoppable.

Umar Kyebatala – Next season may be the one made for young striker. Kyebatala struggled to adapt to life since getting promoted to the senior team and he recently said that he is ready to fight for his place at Vipers SC next season. He was among the youngsters promoted to Vipers senior team last season, alongside the likes from Ahmed Amayo and Jacob Okao. Kyebatala had proved his worth, helping St Mary’s SS Kitende to win the Copa Coca-cola in Jinja and Feassa games in Arusha. The good performances displayed by fellow youngsters Bobosi Byaruhanga and Karim Watambala have provided the forward with renewed confidence to make it next season.

Tito Okello – His contact has expired at Kitende, and despite interests from Mbarara City and Wakiso Giants, the lanky forward fancies extending his stay at Vipers. It is said that Kajoba has a place for him on the team but the other administrators think otherwise.

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