Uganda Premier League reigning champions Sports Club Vipers have today appointed Martinez Espinoza Javier as their new club head coach.
The Club’s President Lawrence Mulindwa unveiled the Mexican in a press conference at St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende. Martinez will lead the Venoms for the next two seasons.
Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa said, “I would like to thank Da Costa for the work well done and we salute him together with his team.
He was not a bad coach but we thought he would not lead us to achieving our objectives. We don’t want to just see Vipers participating but rather competing in every competition. Let us welcome Javier Martinez from Mexico as our next coach.”
Espinoza emerged as the favourite among the list of more than ten foreign and local coaches who were interested in taking over at Vipers.
Martinez expressed his delight to be appointed in the role: “It’s a pleasure to be in Uganda and glad that Dr. Mulindwa has given me a chance to work here. I am aware that Vipers won the league last season but we have professional targets to try and achieve next season.”
Martinez replaces Miguel Jorge Da Costa who was sacked just after one season in charge. Da Costa won the leagueand also finished runner-ups in the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
The Mexican becomes the third foreign coach to manage Vipers after Nigerian Ambrose Chikuma and Portuguese Miguel Da Costa.
He has had his entire coaching career in Mexico, with his last coaching role at Juventus SC in Nicaragua.