Stanbic Uganda Cup
Saturday 16th, February 2019
Vipers Vs Kiboga Young FC
St Mary’s stadium, 4:00pm
Vipers sports club plays host to Kiboga Young in the Uganda cup round of 16 tomorrow afternoon as we look to reach the quarterfinals for the ninth time in the last 13 attempts.
Just when we thought the Venoms were on an unstoppable march, they lost 3-1 to a struggling SC Villa before coming from behind to draw against Tooro United as the league trophy pursuit suffered a setback.
The previous two league results were both disastrous but the Jogoos defeat was terrible and cannot be blamed on anything, other than almost every single player experiencing an off day.
However, this is no time to for a meltdown as the Venoms are still battling across two fronts this season and the StarTimes Uganda Premier League makes way for Uganda Cup as we welcome Kiboga Young.
An immediate response is required from the lads as ending the poor run of form would be a weight off the coach and players backs therefore you would expect Vipers to have too much for the big league opponents.
The Fufa big league team, are known giant killers in this competition and they come into this fixture with a good run as regards qualification to the top flight league.
To reach this round, Kiboga Young eliminated St Marys 2-1 at Bamusuuta Playground as Abbas Kateregga and Willy Kalyango cancelled out Yafesi Mubiru’s early strike to seal a remarkable win in the club history while Vipers walloped Kansai Plascon 4-0 through Abraham Ndugwa’s brace, Halid Lwaliwa and a Desmond Kyobe own goal.
They are currently occupying second position on the Rwenzori group table with 25 points just one behind leaders Proline as automatic promotion race gains momentum.
Therefore, underrating their capability will be suicidal as in Felix Sekabuza, they possess a tactician who oversaw their convincing triumph in the Buganda region promotional league before dispatching Katwe United in the big league playoff match.
- A number of changes are expected to be made as defensive kingpin Livingstone Mulondo and Geoffrey Wasswa are both ruled out however Henry Katongole is available so could partner Halid Lwaliwa.
- Ibrahim Kiyemba faces a late fitness test due to a hip problem but on a positive note, Bashir Asiku returns from injury as Abdul Karim Nigiyizimana is as well fit to start if given the opportunity.
- Youngster Aziz Kayondo might continue to occupy the left back position following a man of the match performance against Tooro United on his Vipers debut on Tuesday.
- In the midfield, teenager Bobosi Byaruhanga returns from injury and Vipers Uganda cup top scorer Abraham Ndugwa could start as Moses Waiswa is unavailable due to sickness.
Last meeting: Vipers 7-0 Kiboga Young
The only time the two teams have met in this competition was a nightmare for the Kiboga side as they swallowed seven goals without reply at St Mary’s stadium in 2017.
What Coach Micheal Nam Ouma says:
“We may look like favorites for the tie but we have to do it on the pitch, be focused and bounce back to winning ways. It’s not going to be easy but we must pick up ourselves”