Richard Wasswa’s time as interim coach at Vipers has finally come to an end after the club unveiled a new coach.
Portuguese Jorge Miguel Da Costa Duarte is the new man in charge of the two-time league champions for at least the next three years and starts work immediately.
The flamboyant Portuguese was unveiled by club president, Lawrence Mulindwa at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende and revealed he will work with the rest of the coaching staff at the club.
“We are pleased to announce that Jorge Da Costa is our new Head Coach,” a smiling Mulindwa stated. “After expansion in the infrastructure, finances and the fans, we found it necessary as well to expand and strengthen the technical staff and he starts work with immediate effect,” he added.
He will be working with our other coaches (Wasswa, Golola and Kiggundu). We have had a meeting with all and they are ready to work together. They are all very welcoming.
With the CAF Confederation Cup tie against Platinum Stars of South Africa a few days away, Da Costa’s appointment may be viewed as a distraction in the technical wing but Mulindwa thinks otherwise.
We are not looking at just the Saturday game. This isn’t a provisional outfit and neither is it something on a short-term. The timing is very perfect and as a club building for continental and other international competition, we feel he is the right man to lead us.
Mulindwa further stated the 47-year-old, who says played for FC Porto before a knee injury ended his career has also been tasked in ensuring the development from the youth side.
The target is to have a very a strong academy with emphasis on international standards and also opening the outlets to the European markets.
In his own words, Da Costa said it’s an honour to work with Vipers and said he is ready for the challenge as he wants the club to grow further.
It’s an honour and I am confident the club will grow step by step. I want to be better than I was yesterday and this challenge will make me even better.
On a lighter note, the two parties revealed to have met over five years ago and have been in touch since then.
Second foreign coach at Vipers
Da Costa, the UEFA B holder becomes only the second foreign coach in the history of Vipers after Nigerian Ambrose Chukuma.
He replaces Abdallah Mubiru who was relieved of his duties in December.