Kasule not buying into early Isabirye excitement

Alex Isabirye left Vipers SC in a controversial manner.

FOOTBALL Kasule not buying into early Isabirye excitement

Allan Damba • 12:14 - 20.03.2023

Alex Isabirye has made an excellent start to his Vipers SC reign, making an instant impression on and off the pitch among the fans, players and the club's honchos.

Less than a fortnight into his tenure after succeeding Spaniard Beto Bianchi Pellister, the former BUL FC boss, has established himself as a stout figure at Kitende.

He already guided the Venoms to the quarterfinals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup after post-match penalties last Tuesday in a match where the side scored for the first time in eight games across all competitions.

"It is too early to judge coach Isabirye," FUFA Coaches' Instructor Mujib Kasule reservedly said in an interview with Pulse Sports Ugandan on Monday.

In his second match in the hot seat, the 47-year old tactician guided the Kitende outfit to an impressive 1-1 stalemate with African heavyweights Raja Casablanca in the CAF Champions League on Saturday.

And, even though Vipers didn't progress to the Last Eight, they surprisingly dominated the encounter, pressed superbly and created various goalscoring opportunities that could have killed off the game.

The hungry Venom faithful justly welcomed the double displays, but Kasule, who, despite being conscious of the base for the excitement, asserts it's still early days to make a judgment.

"Two games can not give you the right picture. However, the excitement is definitely there in the club now."

After two games in his first week in charge, Isabirye will now get ample time to assert his philosophy further, as their next game is 12 days away.

They will take on Guinea side Horoya Athletic Club in their last Champions League group game on April 01 in Bamako, Mali, with targets locked on picking their first-ever victory at this stage.