StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Tomorrow (Thursday, April 4)
KCCA FC v Vipers SC
Startimes Stadium, Lugogo
4:00pm – Sanyuka TV
Vipers sports club finds itself at a point of no return when they confront KCCA FC in a must win Uganda Premier League encounter at the StarTimes stadium tomorrow where all eyes & ears of Uganda’s footballing diehards will be as its the only fixture on the menu.
This fixture is bound to fill fans with fear, tension as well as excitement and if there was any other way matches could be decided other than on the field, both teams would definitely opt for that alternative however, since there is none, let the game begin.
As it happens, four points separate the Venoms from the Kasasiro lads who comfortably sit top of the league log leaving us to occupy second position with six games to wind up the season therefore Lugogo won’t be an ideal place for the faint hearted.
Smart from a hard fought home victory over Maroons on Wednesday, Vipers requires an outright win to remain in contention for the league title as a loss completely extinguishes our chances while a draw leaves KCCA in a pole position to wrestle the crown from us.
KCCA holds the advantage in the title race ahead of this classic encounter. The trophy is theirs to lose and are the team to beat since irrespective of any result, they remain firmly in control of own destiny thus will play without pressure as there is nothing to lose as regards the situational analysis.
Their gaffer Mike Mutebi has achieved tremendous success at Lugogo with 3 major trophies since 2016 and at his disposal, is an experienced star studded squad capable of beating any team on their day, however, in Vipers, he is up against a wounded opponent whose only life saver lies in this contest hence will fight to the end or die trying.
Out of the 12 league matches at home this season, KCCA has won 9, registered 2 goalless draws versus Kirinya Jinja S.S and Mbarara City with only a single loss to URA scoring 30 goals against 10 thus making the ground an intimidating fortress to the visiting teams.
The garbage collectors are currently top of the table with 52 points out of 24 games played and have scored 46 goals against 19 making them the highest scoring team in the league at a ratio of 1.91 goals per game, no other club matches that statistic.
Burundian imports Fabien Mutombora and Abdul Karim Niyizigimana returned to training from national duties which is a timely boost to the team as their presence gives Michael Nam Ouma a wide range of options while Livingstone Mulondo fully recovered from the injury which had sidelined him for two months. They are all available for selection.
Goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya and utility Geofrey Wasswa remain unavailable due to injuries, unfortunately information about about their return dates is still on a negative note but the team doctors keep monitoring their recovery.
Tito Okello together with Bashir Asiku will also not take part in this tie as they are still serving a club suspension due to indiscipline cases.
The Kenyan born tactician has a selection headache within the midfield as Tadeo Lwanga, Moses Waiswa, Ibrahim Tembo, Rahmat Senfuka, Brian Nkuubi, Tom Masiko, Abraham Ndugwa and Duncan Seninde are all raring to go though the coach needs only three to start but its a healthy situation.
Upfront, Hamis Kiiza looks to be in good shape hence will compete for a starting slot with Dan Serunkuuma, Steven Mukwala and youngster Brian Kalumba while the defence might remain intact.
Last meeting at Lugogo:
KCCA 3-1 Vipers
The corresponding fixture at Lugogo ended 3-1 in KCCA’s favour when Shaban Muhammed netted a double on his debut in between Yayo Lutimba’s thunderous penalty before a late howler from James Alitho allowed Derrick Nsibambi to score a third as Vipers desperately searched for the equaliser.
Vipers last 5 league matches:
Won 2-0 against Maroons
Lost 2-1 to Ndejje University
Beat Express 2-0
Drew 0-0 with Onduparaka
Thumped Brightstars 3-0
KCCA last 5 league matches:
Beat Kirinya Jinja s.s 2-0
Drew 1-1 against Tooro United
Won 4-2 against SC Villa
Lost 2-1 to URA
Drew 1-1 with Police
“Its a tough game which requires team work but we have been in such situations numerous times and came out unscathed, everyone at the club is looking towards this game with total focus therefore dying on the pitch is the only option as we know what victory means to our ambitions”.Taddeo Lwanga, Vipers SC Captain