"I'm a big coach," - Every word from Livingstone Mbabazi in first interview as Vipers new head coach

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FOOTBALL "I'm a big coach," - Every word from Livingstone Mbabazi in first interview as Vipers new head coach

Allan Damba 16:18 - 01.01.2024

"I know Vipers is a big club, and I'm a big coach, but let's not look at what I'm bringing; in football, learning never stops, and I have come to learn. Then I'll add my little experience to the team."

Seeking a revamp on the pitch, Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC have completed the appointment of Charles Livingstone Mbabazi as their new head coach.

The experienced tactician will not only seek to end the club's recent run of poor form but also oversee them mount a title defence.

Charles Livingstone Mbabazi unveiled as new Vipers head coach|VIPERS IMAGE

He has joined from Arua Hill SC on a two-year employment contract that will run at least until January 2026.

Upon putting pen to paper, Mbabazi had his first interview as Vipers coach.

Charles Livingstone Mbabazi unveiled as new Vipers head coach|VIPERS IMAGE

On what prompted him to sign this time after previous attempts...

"First of all, I would like to thank the Almighty God. I feel excited because it's a new challenge," he told the club media.

"This time, when they asked me, it was a simple YES. The club asked me so many times, and I refused, but I think everything happens for a reason. It was the right moment for me to join Vipers."

What he will bring to the club...

"First of all, bring experience. Secondly, I'm a workaholic, (and) I like to work, I like challenges. Vipers is a big brand, and I want to try out myself in a big club like Vipers."

About how excited he is to work with players he's familiar with...

"I feel excited to work with them again because I have been with them on the national team. I know 80% of the players apart from the foreigners, so it's good to see that we're reuniting again, and we're meeting at Vipers, a big club."

If he will handle the task at hand...

"I know Vipers is a big club, and I'm a big coach, but let's not look at what I'm bringing; in football, learning never stops, and I have come to learn. Then I'll add my little experience to the team."

What the fans and players should expect after the team's recent struggles...

"The heartbeat of the fans is a goal, so which means you score a goal, the team wins. I know the fans expect the team to win all the time, but at least we shall try our level best."

"We all know, and everybody knows, that the team has lost two games. It's a big challenge, but it depends more on the players. I want to improve on their mental fitness because they're okay physically."

On if Vipers can catch up with table leaders BUL FC...

"You talked of BUL: The good thing football isn't a 100-metre sprint, it's a marathon. There's still two games remaining (to end the first round), so we have to concentrate on those to get maximum points. Then we'll wait for the second round."

It should be noted that the Venoms sit fourth on the log with 24 points, eight adrift of BUL.