Vipers SC reveal squad for 2019/2020 season

first_imgVipers SC finished second in the league last season. (PHOTOS/Vipers)As the countdown to the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season continues, all the 16 teams expected to take part are beefing up their respective preparations.On Monday, July 30th, Vipers SC revealed the squad of players they intend to use throughout the campaign.The Venoms who had an average season, last, are very much intent on improving their 2018/19 showings and have already acquired new faces that they hope will improve their 2nd place finish.The new faces along with the old-ones were all unveiled at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.The new acquisitionsThe Venoms splashed cash on the likes of Rashid Toha, Paul Willa, Siraje Ssentamu and Allan Kayiwa. Toha was signed from Onduparaka, Ssentamu who has previously featured for Vipers returned from URA FC, Willa joins from Police FC while Kayiwa joined from Tooro United.Other new facesAside from the high profile signings, the Venoms have also brought in Henry Kitegenyi from Kansai Plascon and Denis Mwemezi from Ssese.Vipers are a side that prides it’s self on their feeder side St. Mary’s Kitende and once again have promoted several youngstars from their accademy.The six players that have been promoted include goalkeeper Denis Kiggundu, defenders Ahmed Amayo and Jacob Okao, midfielders Najib Yiga and Karim Watambala and forward Richard Basangwa.The Venoms have also recalled back Frank ‘Zaga’ Tuwesigye from his season long loan at Express FC. Zaga spent the entire 2018/19 season at the Red Eagles where he at times showed flushes of brilliance but failed to assert his authority to the side that finished mid table.Speaking after his unveiling, defender-Toha assured that he is at Vipers to compete and hopefully win titles.“I am happy to be here and ready to compete in a sporting way to serve the club and contribute immensely. Vipers is a big side and hopefully I can win titles here.” Toha stated.The unveiling ceremony was graced by Vipers SC club patron Lawrence Mulindwa who expressed his delight to see players graduating from St. Mary’s Kitende and also backed the new technical team.“Seeing many young players graduate from the school team and our academy team to the real senior team is a dream come true, noted Mulindwa.“This is what we have been working for over the years.“With the new technical team in place, we are in the right direction.Mulindwa (left) speaking to the press on Monday.The Venoms announced the departure of Nam Ouma as head coach and it was announced last week that the Kenyan would be replaced by Edward Golola.Golola will work with Ram Nyakana Mpuga (fitness coach), Edward Ssali (second assistant coach), Mathius Kassagga (physiotherapist) and Moses Oloya as goalkeeping coach, as part of his technical team.The Venoms had a disappointing 2018/19 season, finishing second to KCCA FC in the league, exiting both the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup in the early stages before losing to Proline FC in the last 8 of the Uganda Cup. As consequence, the team needed freshening up and with the arrivals of new players, some of the old ones have been released.The old faces that have been let go of include Yayo Lutimba, Joseph Jjanjali, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Karim Niyigizimana and Duncan Sseninde.Moses Waiswa was sold to South Africa’s SuperSport United and former skipper Tadeo Lwanga is finalizing a move to Egypt.It was also announced that defender Halid Lwaliwa will replace Lwanga as Vipers SC’s new captain for the upcoming season.Comments Tags: Allan KayiwaLawrance MulindwaPaul WillaRashid TohaSiraje SsentamuStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguevipers sclast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — It looked like a normal 18-yard completion.Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce with the pass for a first down with just under 5:30 left in the game that put the Chiefs in good position to, at the very least, kick a field goal to tie a tight game. But the ball squirted out at the end of the play as Kelce rolled over. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Justin Bethel ran over to pick up the ball at the 15-yard line. Kelce got up and headed back to the huddle. Bethel didn’t try to advance the ball once he picked it up. About 26 seconds later, as the Chiefs were coming to the line to run their first-down play, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians threw his red challenge flag after replays were shown on the big boards at University of Phoenix Stadium. After a long review, referee Craig Wrolstad ruled that the ball had started to come out after a hit from Arizona safety Deone Bucannon and since there was a clear recovery from Bethel, it would be Cardinals’ football at the 16-yard line. Huh?Arizona would go on to win the game 17-14.“Mike Disner is up in our box with our coaches and does the pictures, and he was the first one to see the ball come loose. At this point in time, that timeout isn’t worth a damn thing,” Arians said. “If we lose this challenge, we’re losing a timeout. That challenge was huge and it was the correct call.”Those wearing the red and yellow of the Chiefs would beg to differ.“From my vision, I thought he regained possession of the ball, but I’m not making that call,” Kansas City head coach Andy Reid said. “You’ve got to keep the ball high and tight in that area, and we have to make sure…I can’t. Go on to something besides the officials. I don’t have anything good to say.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Smith, who threw the pass, thought the play was dead.“I was pretty surprised and shocked,” he said. “I felt like they whistled it, which was tough once they whistle it. You’re not trying to recover it or anything.”That would also explain the deliberate pace the Chiefs used to get to the line of scrimmage for the next play. When a team feels like they got away with something in terms of ball security, they’ll usually hustle to the line and snap the ball before the opponent can see a replay. Kansas City let almost a half-minute tick off the clock, allowing the Cardinals to make the judgment to challenge.Kelce ultimately took responsibility for the play.“Either way it was a huge play in the game,” he said. “It’s my job not to even give doubt or put the team in that position.” – / 43center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A pool reporter, Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports, was permitted to talk to Wrolstad, who overturned the crucial call on the field. “The tight end caught the ball, took a number of steps, got hit as he was going to the ground before any part of his body was on the ground, the ball came loose,” Wrolstad said. “He tried to get it, the other guy tried to get it, but the ball continued to be loose and rolled to a stop, at which time a player five yards away picked up the ball.“So, he actually had a clear recovery. So, the challenge was that we had initially ruled it was a catch, and he was down by contact. And, when we looked at it in replay, we saw that indeed the ball had come loose, he was not down by contact and then if there is a clear recovery, we can reverse it and give the ball to the defense. And that’s what happened.”Kansas City would get the ball back for one more possession, but couldn’t advance it any further than their own 36-yard line.“I thought I regained the control of the ball,” Kelce said. “But, you can’t go back in time. I fumbled the ball. It was called as a fumble and I’m just going to have to live with that, come back next week and help my team win.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more