Vipers coach Fred Kajoba remained unshaken despite his side needing two late goals to overcome struggling newcomers Kitara FC.
Playing at home, Vipers trailed Kitara courtesy of Brian Mululi goal before the introduction of Paul Mucureezi and Dan Sserunkuma who scored in the 81st and 84th minute in that order to finish it late.
“I am very happy with my players, I think Vipers is a big team, they play good football from the word go to the end and am very happy with the boys today,” Kajoba said in the press conference after a hard fought win on Thursday.
“When we are coaching, you can’t know at what time the goal is going to come, and for that there are goals missed, denied by posts and those that failed to cross the line and that’s the thing which saw us bundle out from Champions league because we failed to cross goals over the line but they will because we still have a lot to build.”
There were reports that Kajoba was to be fired after elimination from CAF Champions League in the hands of Sudan side Al Hilal at an early age.
“I told you that I came here to stay, even Doctor Mulindwa knows it, and many thought that I was going to be fired after champions league games but Doctor called me and told me that he loves what am doing,” Kajoba claimed.
The Uganda Cranes goalkeeping coach has been at the end of criticism from a section of fans and media for his poor team selection.
Bobosi Byaruhanga started off the bench while new signing Jamil Kalisa is yet to impress.
He said: “Bobosi Byaruhanga is a very good player but I personally want him to learn from Siraje Sentamu.
“Bagole is really a good player but there are a lot of things we need to get out of him and if he improves on what he plays and that ‘spinning’, will be good to go.
“Kalisa is always substituted because that’s how football is, if you don’t deliver what you supposed to to deliver on the pitch, you have to be substituted, so at Vipers if you don’t play well you have to be outside the pitch.”
Kajoba replaced Edward Golola midway through last season and guided the side to league title.
He is confident and wants to win titles at the club: “What brought me here is to win trophies and I am very happy that the team has won today, and I don’t have to look at how others perform, I just need to win my games.”