Uganda Premier League reigning champions Vipers Sports Club have unveiled Mexican Javier Martinez Espinosa as their new head coach ahead of the 2018/2019 season.
The 46-year-old South American was unveiled on Monday, 6th August 2018 in Kitende at the St Mary’s Stadium press conference room.
With the Mexican, comes a believable level of experience having managed clubs like Juventus Sports Club of Nicaragua, local teams in Mexico such as Cruz Azul, Montrere and Pachuoi well as beyond borders in Guatemala.
Martinez was unveiled by the club’s president and former FUFA boss Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa, along with the Venoms’ head of Marketing Mr. Simon Ssekankya and patron George Mulindwa.
Addressing a well-attended press conference, Dr. Mulindwa applauded former Vipers lead tactician Jorge Miguel da Costa, who was sacked last month despite guiding the club to a league title and the finals of the 2018 Uganda Cup.
“I want to salute coach Da Costa and his technical team for winning the league title in 2017/18 season,” he said.
“Changing a coach is not mere change of guards, but it is a project which work is in progress. African illness of getting contented with the little you have is not good,” he added.
“As Vipers, we have achieved little, and we want to achieve a lot. Changing a coach is an expensive venture. Let us welcome Javier Martinez from Mexico as our next coach.”
He further noted the club needs to have the ability to "sell players abroad" as well as those that can be regularly summoned to the national team. He also revealed that 11 people applied for job, two of whom were Ugandans, two Africans and seven from outside the continent.
Martinez put pen to paper on a two-year renewable contract with the Kitende based side.
“Javier Martinez signs a two-year employment contract, which is renewable by nature. We have agreed on the terms with a very attractive salary. Other areas in the contract are confidential,” Dr. Mulindwa noted.
The new man also made a few remarks at his debut interface with the media;
“I have personal and professional targets. I am a former professional player. We have to be protagonists in the Africa Champions League. There is a target to defend the domestic league trophy. I promise to be the best. We have a good squad. We shall do the best for Uganda and Vipers.”
“I promise everything I have to perfect this project. I want to be an example, not just for destiny. An example outside the country, as well. I promise to the fans that this team will be best here in Uganda and outside the country.”
Although he seemed not so knowledgeable about the African game, he expressed his keen interest to learn more about it before revealing that he had watched lots of videos about Vipers SC.
He now becomes the third foreign tactician to take on the mantle of the three-time league champions after Ambrose Chukuma (Nigeria) and most recently Da Costa (Portuguese).
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