Vipers Sports Club embarked on preparations for the forth coming football season last week on a high.
The training and all the activities went on well as expected; in fact Vipers head coach Miguel Da Costa described it as ‘excellent.’
The intensity is expected to increase in week two as a couple of new exercises will be incorporated with the Portuguese tactician aiming to continue fine tuning his charges so as to get the best out of them when the 2017-18 season rolls in.
While we keep the anticipation for the coming week high, here’s a review of the Venoms’ first week pre season training.
Many of the players turned up for first training from holidays at the St Mary’s stadium.
The most exciting part of the session was meeting the new Venoms; Tadeo Lwanga (from SC Villa), Yayo Lutimba (from URA), youthful striker Steven Mukwala (Edgars Football Academy) and Ashraf ‘Fadiga’ Bamuturaki who all took part in the opening pre season training.
The quartet was officially welcomed by their teammates and the technical team and breathed new life in the squad.
They made the two hour practice session very interesting and they easily blended well with the old faces.
The team had a single training session and a couple of players were still missing; James Alitho and Pius Wanji did not show up because they were down with malaria.
Dan Birikwalira, Francis Onekalit, Tonny Odur and Musa Esenu were missing in action as well.
Meanwhile, Erisa Ssekisambu, winger Aziz Kemba, Musa Esenu, youngsters Bashir Asiku and Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye reported for training having missed Monday’s practice.
The whole squad responded positively and was lively as they went through the rigorous drills. The coaches were indeed impressed by what they saw.
Dan Birikwalira and Tony Odur joined their teammates in training but it was interesting to watch the former train with his new competitor Yayo Lutimba.
The pair was happy to meet each other and we are sure the fans can’t wait to see how they will play when the season starts.
Vipers skipper Nico Wadada spared his team some time; he was at the St Mary’s stadium that morning and shared some moments with his teammates before heading to Namboole for training with the national team the Cranes who were preparing themselves for the CHAN qualifier game against South Sudan.
While he prepared himself to have the stitches in his injured right knee removed the following day, Vipers defender Halid Lwaliwa was seen at the stadium enjoying the training session from the stands.
That same day, Francis Onekalit also trained with the team having missed the previous days.
It was almost a full house except the five (Milton Karisa, Deus Bukenya, Isma Watenga and Tom Matsiko) who are with the national team.
Head coach Miguel Da Costa conducted a double session, one in the morning and the other in the evening.
Friday’s drills were intense; the boys worked out and after the first session, none of them one could afford to even crack a joke. Sweat was dripping from their bodies as they walked back to the dressing room very exhausted.
James Alitho took part in his first training after recovering from sickness.
The team trained for 90 minutes and called it a day and a week for that matter.
Mike Sserumaga and Steven Mukwala sat out of training after sustaining minor knocks in the Friday’s training. They will be expected to resume training with the rest of the team on Monday.
What to expect in week two:
As we enter week two of our pre season preps, we will still be without five of our stars who are part of the national team that is preparing to host South Sudan in the CHAN qualifier return leg this weekend at the Philip Omondi stadium.
Pius Wanji has recovered from malaria and will join the team on Monday.
Moses Waiswa is back and is also expected to report to training having missed the opening week.