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Hellen Buteme: Express Appoints New Conditioning Coach

In their bid to win the seventh Uganda Premier League title next season, Express Football Club has appointed former ladies rugby national team player and coach Helen Koyokoyo Buteme.

Hellen Buteme has been appointed as the club’s strength and conditioning coach, putting pen to paper for a period of two years.

She is tasked to establish and maintain a strength and conditioning program which entails improving athletic performance and teaching fitness and movement skills.

“When I met the club CEO (Isaac Mwesigwa) at the beginning of this year, he told me about his plans for Express basically to bring back its glory days and seeing that am also a strength and conditioning coach, he wanted me to join the technical team and take over the conditioning needs for the team,” Buteme told the club website.

“It turned out to be a challenge that I couldn’t resist and so I will be making sure that the players are in the best possible shape to execute the coach’s game plans and ensuring that they are as injury free as possible and assisting the medical team with the rehabilitation of injured players and just basically making sure that the players are the best that they can possibly be,” she added.

Buteme played rugby for the Uganda Rugby 7s and 15s teams between 2005 and 2014, and won three MVP awards in 2004, 2005, and 2008.

She was also named S & C coach for the Rugby 7s and 15s sides before moving on to become the the 7s head coach in 2016 until she resigned in 2019.

“I have had the opportunity to meet the rest of the technical team and we are all on the same page, I’ve started working with the players via watsup but I can’t wait for the sports ban to be lifted so that I can work directly work with the players, this is so exciting and am happy to be on board with Express FC,” Buteme concluded.

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Express FC has already stormed the transfer market and recruited two goalkeepers in Dennis Otim and Cryspus Kusiima alongside defender Richard Bbosa.

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