By Esther Muwonge
Vipers SC coach, Fred Kajoba revealed that it would difficult for him to turn down the possibility of signing defender Murushid Jjuuko and striker Yunus Sentamu, despite already having a big number of players he has to work with.
However, with Vipers expected to be involved in several football competitions in the 2020/21 season, both at home and across the borders, Kajoba feels they have got to be well beefed up to succeed.
Kajoba said: “You will find that I am not alone on that matter. It is difficult for any coach to turn a blind eye towards the possibility of signing such experienced players.” Both Jjuuko and Sentamu played on the continent for their former clubs before for many years.
And to Kajoba, that means they carry bundles of experience, which is needed in his team, if they are to improve, and be competitive as a unit. Sentamu played for DR. Congo’s AS Vita, while Jjuuko was a mainstay at Tanzania’s Simba in the heart of defence until he left the club last year.
Although Kajoba does not intend to jump the gun until something substantive is in place regarding those two players, he said: “We are definitely working to improve the team. And with the Caf Champions league looming large, having players, that have played at that stage in our squad would be huge to boost our confidence.”
Against that, it will be difficult to ignore that duo, whose careers started at Vipers in the first place. Together, they were part of The Cranes team, that was at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Yet, with the player transfer window reportedly still open until October, Sentamu and Jjuuko are a good bet to turn out for Vipers next season.
Already, Vipers has signed two attacking players, to bolster his squad: Jamil Kaliisa and Ibrahim Orit, two players that are big prospects. So, if they add Sentamu and Jjuuko, on paper at least, they will be massively boosted.