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Vipers: Mulindwa Terms Kajoba’s Departure As Unprofessional

Vipers SC president Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa expressed his disappointment in the way his former head coach Fred Kajoba left his role at Vipers SC.

Kajoba resigned from his role as Vipers head coach on 31st May this year before even the end of the season.

Kajoba, the Uganda Cranes goalkeeping coach, said that he was asked to choose between club or National team by Vipers technical director Charles Masembe.

“He just left, said to the players bye bye, from there he entered his vehicle and left, till now. This is un professional. For us when we give you a job, we give it to you formally, with an appointment letter, contract and everything. And when you are leaving, because they have told you decide between the two or try to balance between the national team the Cranes and Vipers,” Mulindwa said.

By the time of his departure, the Venoms were preparing for a crucial Uganda Cup second leg quarter final game, something Mulindwa says they needed enough time.

“We wanted time because we were going for a very vital match against SC Villa, that is a derby, you can under rate it, because they had already come here and drew 1-1.

“Now we were going for a return leg, we had to go for a residential (camp) to prepare because we had to respect Villa, those are traditional teams and things can’t just happen like that. So we told him, players are here. We started camping on Sunday, the game was supposed to be on Wednesday, be with the players.

He added: “The other one was a friendly game for Uganda, have respect for this club. If it was a qualifier game, that could be different, so be with the club, train it, then he wanted to give us one hour in the afternoon to come and see the players, we can’t tolerate that kind of un professionalism.

“So in any case if he wanted the other side and decided that he could not balance, he could have come and meet the authority, then there could have been a discussion with the management, something could have been forged, so this is the kind of Unprofessionalism.”

However, the former FUFA President says he is not criticising Kajoba but he says there could have been a better way to resign.

“But am not criticising him, and there is no loss because we had already lost. But the kind of behavior, the kind of unprofessionalism, this can’t happen in Europe like that. Just as there was a procedure for entrance, there must be a procedure for exit, there must be handover, now ask him when did you hand over, nothing.”

After Kajoba’s departure, his former assistant Paul Kiwanuka was named interim coach for the Venoms till the end of the season.

After the disappointment of the previous coaches, the Vipers president is looking forward to hiring a ‘professional coach’ to bring out the best in the Kitende based club.


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