Vipers SC Unveils Spanish- Brazilian Coach Beto Bianchi

Vipers SC has unveiled Spanish-Brazilian national Roberto Luiz Bianchi Pelliser alias Beto Bianchi as the new head coach. The club president, Lawrence Mulindwa, unveiled Bianchi and his deputy, Roberto Martinez to the media at St Mary’s stadium Kitende Tuesday. 

Bianchi takes over takes over Vipers barely a month after the Kitende-based club parted ways with their former head coach Roberto Oliveira alias Robertinho who has since joined Tanzanian powerhouse Simba SC. While unveiling Bianchi, Mulindwa applauded the tactician’s high profile and believes it will be tremendous in Vipers’ bid to have a good performance in the forthcoming continental engagements.  

“This is a very experienced coach, he has been in the coaching field for over 22 years, and we expect to achieve a lot with him, he has trained in Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Africa, and also in Asia, and he has a very high profile and we expect a lot out of him,” he said    

Asked why the Club oftentimes opts for International managers at the expense of local coaches, Mulindwa said while he agrees that local managers are also good, he believes International coaches come with unique knowledge and exposure that is important to local footballers. 

He explains that when local players work under international coaches, it builds their confidence, which can’t be broken even when they upgrade to Professional football.    

Bianchi comes at a time when Vipers SC are warming up to kick-start their CAF Champions League group matches in February 2023. Vipers were pitted alongside Moroccan Giants Raja Casablanca, Guinea’s Horoya AC, and Simba SC from Tanzania.

He has previously coached Angolan club, Atlético Petróleos de Luanda, Angola National team, Kazma Sporting Club from Kuwaiti, CF Atlético Ciudad from Spain, Inter de Luanda from Angola, among others. He joins a growing list of foreign managers who have worked with Vipers SC including Roberto Oliviera, Javier Martinez, and Miguel Duarte Da Costa. 

He joins the club when it is sitting third on the Uganda Premier league table with 27 points in 14 games behind KCCA FC and BUL FC.  Mulindwa also announced that the club is in the advanced stages to install floodlights at St. Mary’s stadium as one of the requirements for a CAF/FIFA-certified stadium.    

Uganda Premier League is rarely played at night because of a shortage in the number of stadia with floodlights. Only the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole, which is under renovation has floodlights, but Mulindwa is hopeful Vipers will have floodlights soon.  

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