Days after strong reports linked Paul Kiwanuka to a two-year contract extension at Bright Stars, the tide has again turned regards the future of the tactician.
Uganda Premier League (UPL) champions Vipers SC has emerged as a strong favourite to add Kiwanuka to their coaching staff as Fred Kajoba’s assistant coach.
Kajoba who joined the four-time league winners in January on interim basis is expected to be handed the role on a permanent basis, especially after delivering the title to St. Mary’s Stadium.
Kajoba is in the hunt for other members of his backroom staff which currently has only goalkeeping coach Ibrahim Mugisha and fitness trainer Edward Ssali.
A couple of names have been mentioned to come in as assistant to Kajoba including former Wakiso Giants coach Kefa Kisala, Uganda Cranes assistant Livingstone Mbabazi, and Kiwanuka.
With top choice Mbabazi understandably agreeing to a deal in principle with another UPL side Kyetume, Kajoba has turned to his former assistant Kiwanuka and convinced him to join him at the champions.
Kajoba and Kiwanuka worked together at Bright Stars, the pair took over at the club in 2014 helping the club reach the 2019 Uganda Cup finals where they lost to Proline, before they were unceremoniously ousted after five years.
Kiwanuka currently head coach of Busiro Ssaza team, later returned to Bright Stars in January 2020 on a six-month contract and helped turn around the club’s stumbling season.
In the 10 league matches he handled, Bright Stars won six, drew just once and registered three losses, as they rose from the ruins of the relegation to 12th on the 16-team log before the league was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vipers is set to represent Uganda in next season’s CAF Champions League and will seek to retain their crown when the 2020/2021 league season kicks off in October.
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