Vipers SC Coach Roberto Oliviera aka Robertinho expressed his delight after his players seamlessly adapted to his new philosophy at the club.
He made the revelations moments after their comfortable 2-0 Stanbic Uganda Cup semifinal victory against Police FC on Tuesday at the FUFA Technical centre in Njeru.
A double from Congolese striker Caesar Manzoki ensured that the Venoms secured a spot in the final. The game was also Oliveira’s first competitive game in his new role as the head coach at the Kitende based side.
Speaking after the final whistle, the Brazilian gaffer was quick to express his delight: “I’m very happy for today because it’s not easy after 15-20 days to organize one strong team to win.”
In a game that saw the Venoms dorminate play throughout the whole 90 minutes, Oliveira extended his gratitude to the players who are adapting to the new style of play.
“Our objective for Vipers SC is to use a new philosophy in football. Its not easy for me, my staff and my assistant Marcelo but I am happy because my players gave me a good answer about the new philosophy.
“Now I want to prepare my team for playing together. Its my objectives but everything you need to time. I think you need like one month for that.”
“Our philosophy is to stay with the ball – Everytime you don’t loose the ball, arguments are few. You know today in first half we needed like four to five opportunities inside the opponents area. it’s my objective.”
Vipers, despite being dorminant on the day, missed many chances on the day against a rusty Police side.
About the missed opportunities, Robertinho said “Its normal, this was our first game and a semi final game it’s not easy. But I’m happy with my players, we just need time.”
It was a perfect start for Vipers new coach Oliviera who will be targeting to win the club’s second Uganda Cup title since they beat Onduparaka 3-1 in the 2015/2016 final.
In the finals slated on Sunday 26th September, the Venoms will take on the winner between record holders Express against Bul, who play in the other semi finals on Thursday this week.
After failing to the defend last season’s league title, Vipers will only be targeting a silverware and hence walk away with a prize money of 50M that comes along with the Champions of the Uganda Cup.