Stanbic Uganda Cup

Round of 32

Tuesday 15th, January 2019

Vipers SC vs Kansai Plascon

St Mary’s Stadium | 4PM

Vipers SC take a much needed breather from the Caf continental engagement tomorrow (Tuesday, January 15) with relatively easy Uganda Cup fixture against Kansai Plascon.

Vipers host the Fufa Big League side at St Mary’s Stadium in the round of 32 looking to reach the last 16 in arguably the country’s second most prestigious event.

Mainstay Tactician: Edward Golola will demand nothing less than victory from the Venoms against Kansai Plascon.

Fresh from a goalless Confederations Cup tie with CS Sfaxien of Tunisia which cannot be blamed on anything but hard luck, the Venoms return for cup action tomorrow where immediate response is required before the team travels to North Africa.

Vipers had a walk over in the past round as Rusekere Growers from Fort Portal failed to show up while Kansai Plascon edged out premier league outfit Ndejje University 1-0 to book a slot at the round of 32.

Debut Delight: Youngster Bobos Byaruhanga will look to grab his debut chance with both hands after impressive displays in practice.

A few changes are expected with a trip to Tunisia in mind of the tactician but progression is still vital as the club seeks for its second ever cup.

You would expect Vipers to have too much for their lower league opponents although the 1-0 win over the same team at the quarter final stage last year, showed what the paint makers are capable of.

Seasoned campaigners: Tom Masiko and Rahmat Ssenfuka have a chance to shine again after shaking off their respective niggles and injuries.

The opposition

Kansai Plascon is a Fufa big league team playing in the Rwenzori group having been demoted from the top tier division where they traded as Sadolin paints for three consecutive seasons 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 before the relegation axe fell on them.

They are currently occupying fourth position in the Rwenzori group table log with 18 points out of 10 matches having scored 16 goals against 7 and 5 points behind table leaders Proline FC.

During last year’s quarter final encounter with Vipers at Ntaawo playground in Mukono, Kansai Plascon put up a resistance before Dan Sserunkuuma unlocked them towards the final minutes of the game.

In their final first round big league match, the paint makers lost 1-0 to Mark Twinamastiko’s coached Doves away in Masindi.

Team News:

  • Bobos Byaruhanga and Ibrahim Tembo could make their debut for the Venoms against Kansai Plascon. The youthful pair have been impressive in training hence Coach Micheal Nam Ouma is likely to give them a chance to play.
  • Rahmat Ssenfuka and Tom Masiko may also play after the former recovered from fever while Masiko was an unused substitute against CS Sfaxien.
  • Halid Lwaliwa and Aggrey Madoi are back from shoulder and ankle injuries respectively meaning they will be available for selection.
  • Defender Bashir Asiku returned to training from an ankle problem he picked in last weekend’s match against CS Sfaxien but will undergo a late fitness test.

The winner of this competition earns the right to represent Uganda in the Caf Confederations Cup.

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