Pilsner Super 8 Semifinal
Tomorrow (Friday, 9th)
Vipers SC v Mbarara City FC
St. Mary’s stadium
Vipers have been the busiest team in the off-season and the venoms will not want that momentum to come to a grinding halt when they host Mbarara City in the semi-finals of the Pilsner Super 8.
Edward Golola’s charges pipped Proline 1-0 in the previous round and will be favourites to beat the Ankole Lions, who knocked out URA 2-0.
But the home side can’t take anything for granted seeing how Mbarara frustrated them home and away in the league last season.
The two sides played out two stalemates, 0-0 and 1-1, last season and Friday’s game promises to be a tough contest.
So much has changed in the Mbarara squad in the transfer window, but the team’s competitiveness, hunger and desire remain.
Vipers must find a way to carve clear goal-scoring opportunities that would go some way in enhancing the confidence levels of the team’s attackers. Vipers have tended to be goal-shy, a factor that saw them relinquish their league title to KCCA.
Golola wasted no time in reiterating his hopes and plans ahead of the game. “Our aim is to win this game tomorrow,” he remarked. “We play a good side but we shall play each minute like its the last.”
The Uganda Cranes quartet of Paul Willa, Dan Sserunkuma, Tom Masiko and Allan Kayiwa are back and could be selected.
Siraje Ssentamu has recovered from a knock, which means he will feature in tomorrow’s game. The combative midfielder suffered injury in the 1-0 win over Proline and was withdrawn at half time.
Rashid Toha and Ashraf Mugume are ruled out but the rest of the team is available for selection.