Vipers SC will welcome Mohammed Shaban’s return from injury as a new signing following the departure of hitman Fahad Bayo to Israel.
The former Onduparaka and KCCA striker joined the 4 time league champions last year from Moroccan Giants Raja Casablanca but he has barely kicked a ball for his new team.
It is understood that Shaban carried a knee injury before signing for Vipers from Morocco but always suffered setbacks in his bid to recover and the Kitende based side won the championship without his help.
Speaking to the club’s official website https://viperssc.co.ug/ , the striker expressed a huge sigh of relief that the lockdown has provided him with time to accelerate his recovery and return to full fitness.
” I am working tirelessly to see that I come back as a different player not the previous one. I want to hit the ground running and get more playing time as soon as the 2020/21 season kicks off”
” The fans should forget the old me. There is a different Shaban coming. A better one who will play with more purpose and drive.”
“I want the Top Scorer’s gong of the Uganda Premier League (UPL) and also help my team qualify for the group stages of the Caf Champions League, InshAllah.”
On the question of whether he sees himself as the perfect replacement for the departed striker, Shaban was coy to attack the cock by the throat but promised good things.
“Every player has his own impact on the team. Bayo was in good form and my return will also add impetus upfront.
” Our partnership could be the best thing to never happened at Kitende as long as we cooperate and work as a team”
His goal scoring prowess, speed, agility, talent and the general attributes of his game can not be questioned but Shaban’s temperament remains a worry for most of his admirers.
It will be left to Fred Kajoba, the man at the helm. Shaban however has faith that his coach will trust him reading from the encouragement he has received throughout the recovery time.
“Yes I have…
Shaban answered when asked whether he has had a word with the coach.
“He advised me to be patient and keep working hard. His words were also full of encouragement and he told me not to drop my shoulders because I still have a full career ahead of me.”
The 22 year old only managed one goal out of his seven appearances in Morocco. He will be expected to rekindle a waning career during the remaining 12 months of his current contract at Vipers SC.