Vipers sack title-winning head coach
The Portuguese 37, was in his second season of a three-year contract
SOCCER – Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC have parted company with manager Miguel Da Costa, the club announced Tuesday.
In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the Vipers management said it had relieved the Portuguese manager of his duties as head coach as part of Vipers restructuring process and preparation for the CAF club competitions and upcoming Uganda Premier League season.
Vipers sustained a challenge and eventually pipped Uganda’s CAF group stage competitors KCCA to the league title on the final day of the season.
On the final day of the season, the Wakiso-based side collected maximum points with a 4-1 come-from-behind win over UPDF to make 65 points, while second-placed KCCA FC — who ended their campaign with a 2-2 away draw against Police FC in Namboole — finish on 61 points.
The 38-year-old Portuguese tactician was in his second season at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende, where he signed a three-year contract in 2017.
The Vipers management did not explain the reasons for sacking Da Costa beyond stating that it was part of restructuring process but a source at the club said Da Costa’s relations with players was not at its best.
The club also appears to have lost faith in Da Costa’s ability to challenge on the continental front having failed in bis first attempt in the CAF Confederations Cup and earlier this month also lost in the Cecafa challenge cup.
There were also speculations that Da Costa was not happy with the club’s summer activity given that they will be more exposed having qualified for the CAF Champions League next season.
Unlike their biggest challengers KCCA, Vipers have been relatively quiet on the transfer market yet continental engagement will require more players for the club to put up with the demanding fixtures.
But the club thanked the Portuguese for his service with the club
“Vipers SC would like to thank Coach Da Costa for his commitment and service to the club and wishes him success in his career advancement going forward, the club said, adding that it will announce a new coach in coming days.