Masiko trains with Vipers, impresses coach


Deus Bukenya and Tom Masiko during Vipers training

Tom Masiko took part in Vipers training for the first time on Monday at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende.

Masiko, just like all Vipers’ new signings in the close-season, is yet to be officially unveiled but completed his transfer from KCCA after playing out his contract on July 14.

The former KCCA captain has been training with the Uganda Cranes for the last few weeks.

The player, who spent over eight years at Lugogo and helped KCCA win four league titles, a Uganda Cup and also reach the group stage of the Total CAF Confederation Cup was all smiles as he went through the drills under the watchful eye of Miguel Da Costa, the man in charge at Vipers.

On a number of occasions, Masiko shared jokes with teammate Tony Odur, with whom they shared the dressing room at Lugogo. It’s no surprise that Odur has offered shirt 7 to Masiko, the jersey number he also donned at the Ksasiro.

With Brian Kakaire expected to leave the Kitende based side on loan, Odur is likely to take over the number 10 jersey.

Vipers have so far signed Steven Mukwala, Moussa Mbayi, Tadeo Lwanga, Yayo Lutimba and Tom Masiko and the Portuguese coach says the team already looks different with them.

“They are good players, they trained well and I have so much hope in them going into the new season.”

Vipers ended last campaign trophy-less and thus target to wrestle both the league and Cup from last season’s double winners – KCCA FC.

The team has only won three major trophies in their history – two league titles and one Uganda Cup.