Reigning Uganda Premier League Champions Vipers SC has named Javier Martinez Espinosa as the new coach.
The Mexican has been unveiled on Monday morning, and given a two year deal. Martinez had arrived in the country on Sunday.
“In the move to refresh ourselves, as a club we have appointed Martinez as our head coach,” said Club President Lawrence Mulindwa during the unveiling.
He added: “Martinez is an experienced coach and am sure that he will adapt well to Uganda conditions. Mexico plays good football and am hoping that he brings that to our country.”
The President also revealed that Martinez beat up ten other candidates to the role – Two Ugandans, two coaches from Africa and six others from outside the dark continent had applied for the role.
In his own words, Martinez noted: “Its a great pleasure to be in Uganda, I thank Mr. Mulindwa for giving me this opportunity. The club has its target and I think this is the best option for me to be here.”
Vipers officials Simon Ssekankya (Head of Marketing) and George Mulindwa (Club Chairman) were also present during the unveiling.
Martinez replaces Jorge Miguel Da Costa, who was sacked two months after winning the Uganda Premier League title.
Da Costa who also led Vipers to the Uganda Cup finals where they lost to KCCA FC, was appointed the head coach In March 2017, replacing the interim coach Richard Wasswa, following the sacking of Abdullah Mubiru in December 2016.
The Mexican, becomes the third foreigner to coach Vipers SC after Da Costa and Ambrose Chukuma (Nigeria).