Vipers v Tooro United: The Brief

StarTimes Uganda Premier League

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Vipers SC v Tooro United FC 

St Mary’s Stadium, 4:00pm

Live on Sanyuka TV

Following the opening match day away victory over Bright Stars FC at Wankulukuku, Vipers sports club return to the field tomorrow for a home fixture against Tooro United FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League. 

Though its still early days to determine real favourites in the title race, the Venoms must show the actual signs of intent in a bid to reclaim the league trophy therefore making the game a must win.

The reality is, Tooro United FC has never beaten Vipers in a competitive fixture hence the Venoms go into the match as favourites however, despite that, the visiting team is a side with quality in their ranks capable of causing havoc to any opposition on a good day.

Vipers come into this engagement in high spirits having started impressively against a resolute team, away from home, therefore slipping tomorrow is unwelcome in all aspects but football is unpredictable hence the lads must dig deeper for the three points. 

The Opposition:

Tooro United FC has come of age hence will fancy their chances against Vipers taking courage from the fourth place finish last season as they registered a best ever showing in the top tier league.

Having garnered  49 points out of the 30 matches from 13 wins, 10 draws and 7 losses, the car dealers will aim to better that tally this season and at Kitende, they will have nothing to lose in seeking a first ever win over the Venoms. 

They will be boosted further by the return of three star players; Willy Kavuma, Godfrey Lwesibawa and Ibrahim Kayiwa who all missed their 2-1 victory over Busoga United on Saturday at Wankulukuku staduim.

Last meeting at Kitende 

Vipers 0-0 Tooro United

The corresponding engagement at St Mary’s stadium at Kitende, ended in a dull 0-0 draw as Vipers produced a lukewarm performance and by the end of the match, Mexican tactician Javier Martinez Espinoza was relieved of his duties as head coach at Kitende.

Vipers last 5 home matches to Tooro United

The Venoms command numerical superiority in the last five home matches against their counterparts with two wins and three draws from the previous five hence will look to maintain that run.

2014/15  Vipers 1-1 Tooro United
2015/16  Vipers 2-0 Tooro United 
2016/17  Vipers 2-0 Tooro United 
2017/18  Vipers 1-1 Tooro United
2018/19  Vipers 0-0 Tooro United 

Should the Venoms prevail over their opponents, it will be the 5th consecutive league win since that loss to URA in April last season. 

Team News:

Abraham Ndugwa, Dan Sserunkuma, Fahad Bayo, Tito Okello, Allan Kayiwa, Denis Mwemezi among others will be tasked to inspire the team going forward.

Aziz Kayondo made his Vipers debut against Tooro United last season putting up a man of the match performance and many will be waiting to see how he will turn up if selected ahead of Farouk Musisi.

Allan Kayiwa will be facing his former pay masters for the first time since joining Vipers in July.

Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye picked a hamstring injury during the Pilsner Super 8 final hence his still unavailable.

Ashraf Mugume was named on the bench against Bright Stars but may be selected to play against Tooro United.

Mulondo Livingstone and Geofrey Wasswa are nursing injuries. The defensive pair will be out for a long time this season.

Innocent Wafula, Ibrahim Tembo and Henry Kitegenyi may feature if selected in the match day squad.

Muhammad Shaban is still unavailable.

Coach’s view:

“It won’t be an easy game going by the history of Tooro United FC against big teams but we shall have to dig deep for the three points. We must defend as a team as much as attack as a team.”

Vipers SC Coach, Edward Golola

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