Uganda Premier League side Vipers SC have on Friday afternoon unveiled Roberto Oliveira Gonçalves do Carmo as their new head coach.
The appointment ends a series of stories about the club’s next coach within both mainstream and online media.
Mike Mutebi, the former KCCA FC gaffer who has been without a club since March 29, 2021, was strongly linked to the job.
Robertinho as commonly known, 60, played at Fluminense, Flamengo and Palmeiras among other clubs in Brazil Serie A.
He has coached Fluminense among other clubs, and had stints in Africa with Stade Tunisien and Rayon Sports.
The new coach at Kitende joins after former head coach Fred Kajoba departed the club on May 31.
Then, Paul Kiwanuka was put in temporary charge but the season was eventually ended due to Covid19 and the Venoms finished the season in third behind eventual champions Express and URA FC.
He joins a list of foreign tacticians to have coached the Venoms including Javier Martinez and Miguel Duarte Da Costa.
Oliveira Latest In Vipers Hot Seat
The tale of Vipers SC being synonymous with struggles in finding stability with the technical department have been as rampant as they have been true.
In recent memory, Vipers have hired and sacked at the same time over ten football coaches including Edward Golola whose plight has been reminisced on three occasions.
Abdallah Mubiru, George Best Nsimbe, Miguel Da Costa and Javier Martinez make the list of managers that have been shown an exit door at Kitende.
The club director, Lawrence Mulindwa, has been quoted to say that he will not stop at taking a gamble until he stumbles on the right manager who will not only guarantee success but also player development at the club.
Oliveira indeed ticks all the right boxes – A coach with a heavy resume and a serious force to reckon with.
“We mentioned that there was a vacuum and we promised that we had to replace with a person who can take up that responsibility,” stated Mulindwa.
“We needed a coach with strategic skills, someone with a vision, a coach is basically a teacher and we have got the right man.”q⁰