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Edward Golola: What the former Vipers’ man brings to Tooro United

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Former Vipers SC head coach Edward Golola was unveiled as Tooro United as the club’s new coach ahead of the 2020-21 FUFA Big league season.

Golola alongside Simon Ndugu (Assistant coach), Oloya Moses (Goalkeeping Coach), and Magasi Jamada (First team trainer) were unveiled on Wednesday morning at Tavern woods hotel, Kabuusu.

They are tasked to foresee the club’s promotion back to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

But what has Golola (a man who was sacked by eventual champions Vipers SC last season for losing only losing 2 games) have in stoke for a club that earned its way into relegation?

In this feature, The Touchline Sport’s Kamardin Shero takes a look at what the 2014/15 Uganda Premier League winner brings to the now Fort Portal based club.

Winning Mentality

Love him or hate him, Golola knows how to win. He has been a serial champion at both Vipers SC and St. Mary’s Kitende SS.
Golola has had a hand in three of Vipers’ four league titles and has also helped the Venoms win the Uganda Cup (2016) and the Pilsner Super 8 Cup (2019).

At St.Marys Kitende, Golola won everything that was available for takers from the Copa Cocacola School Football championships to Federation of East Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) games.

Before he was sacked by Viper SC last season, Golola had the highest winning percentage (72%) for any coach in the 2019-20 StarTimes UPL season.

Experience

After an eventful ten-year playing career, Edward Golola has amassed over 20 years of managerial experience, establishing himself as one of the most successful coaches in the field.

His early steps into management at St.Mary’s Kitende SS led to his first big gig at Vipers SC in 2009 after Jackson Mayanja was sacked.

He has mastered working with Ugandan players across all the levels and this should be a simple way to get his task started.

Game approach and defensive stability

Golola’s game approach and philosophy have been proven successful. With Tooro United having conceded 39 goals that season, Golola can solve their defensive worries because he knows how to organize his defense.

While at Vipers almost ten years ago, Golola conceded only 22 goals in the 34-games as he won his first league title in 2009. He had conceded 29 in the previous season.

During his second spell (2014/15), the Venoms let in only 18 goals and suffered a single defeat in 30 games, while last season before he was sacked, Vipers sat on top of the log on 43 points having conceded 12 goals in 18 games.

Point to Prove

Having been sacked by the 2019/20 UPL champions, Vipers after only 18 games with the team atop of the 16-man log, Golola’s Tooro United move comes at a quite critical moment.

Why would he even take the trouble to be with a relegated team?

There is only one thing I am so sure about. He probably is willing to do everything possible to foresee Tooro United’s promotion back to the top tier league.

He will indeed want to prove doubters and Vipers in particular that the decision to sack him while the team was at the top of the standings was a ‘very wrong decision’.

We wish him all the best in his new endeavor.


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