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Why Mulindwa's Vipers have struck gold in signing Roberto Bianchi ‘Beto’ [Editor’s Opinion]

Uganda Premier League title holders Vipers Sports Club have struck gold in the signing of Brazilian Roberto Bianchi Pelliser alias Beto as their new head coach.

Vipers new coaches with Mulindwa

Bianchi was officially unveiled in Kitende, January 10, as the new head coach of the Venoms with compatriot Roberto Martinez as the assistant coach. Richard Wasswa will be the second assistant and Ibrahim Mugisha as the goalkeeping coach.

The Kitende love affair with Brazilian coaches, has been a match made in heaven and Lawrence Mulindwa, the club chairman seems to have found a winning formula in the technical department.

The coaches have infused the Brazilian ‘Samba’ attacking style of football in the Vipers philosophy and this has been reflected in the wealth of talent in the team offensive artillery with attack minded players like Cromwell Rwothomio, Yunus Sentamu, Milton Karisa, Darcy M, Martin Kizza, among others.

Brazilian coach Roberto Oliviera left the club at the dire moment having achieved so much in a short spell. He won the Uganda Premier League title and went and crowned his achievements with qualification to the CAF Champions League but did not stay long enough to navigate the team out of the group stages set to kick off next month.


By joining Simba Sports Club, Vipers’ opponents in the competition, the writing was clearly on the wall for the Kitende bosses.

Vipers had to dig deep and deep have they dug, a star for the dugout!

Bianchi brings on board a wealth of experience ranging from club football, national team management and to Vipers advantage, CAF Champions League experience.

He has a 33-year-long football experience as a player and coach having played for eleven clubs between 1978 -2001.

He was then the coach of Ciudad de Murcia B from 2004-7 before being promoted to senior level for two years. He moved on to coach Zamora between 2009 -2010. He coached at Lorca Deportiva (2011), Batavia Union (2012-2013), Pro Duta (2013–2014), RFC (2014–2015), Kazma (2020-21) and at GD Interclube in 2021.


In Africa football space, he coached In Africa, he coached at Petro du Luanda between 2016-2019 and the Angolan national team in 2001.

He faced KCCA FC in 2019 in the CAF Champions League and went on to progress on away goal’s rule while coaching Petro de Luanda.

He ended the club’s 12-year trophy drought wining the domestic title.

For, Vipers, the Uefa License A holder is tasked with guiding the team out of the CAF Champions League group stage and they seem to have made a perfect signing.


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