StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Police FC v Vipers SC
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo, 4:30pm
Vipers sports club will temporarily move up to third position on the league table with a win over struggling Police FC at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo in tomorrow’s anticipated thriller.
The Venoms had to grit their teeth before eventually grinding out a hard earned 1-0 victory against Proline FC in the last encounter thus will look to keep up with the momentum as we bid to surge upwards.
Police FC have endured a torrid time since the league kicked off and find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of the Venoms visit hence will therefore play to fight for dear life in a bid to improve their performance.
However, to put it bluntly, these are the kind of games Vipers must win if we have genuine aspirations for the league title as our superior quality is there for all to see. Its the fixture the lads must relatively come through unscathed.
The Cops have only won once against new comers Kyetume FC out of their six league games thus will be aiming to get back to winning ways as they try to push further up the table.
Losses to BUL FC, Express FC and draws to SC Villa and Mbarara City FC leave them lying second from bottom with a meagre 2 points after being docked 3 points and 3 goals for failure to honour their would have been opening fixture against Onduparaka.
Police lost their last league fixture away to Express in a 5-3 thrilling defeat which confirms they can score goals if given room to do so therefore the Venoms need to be alert to avoid shortcomings.
Last meeting at Lugogo
The corresponding fixture at Startimes stadium Lugogo, ended 2-1 in Vipers favour as Dan Serunkuma gave us the lead which Safi Nasur cancelled with the equaliser before Rahmat Senfuka wrapped up all the three points when he scored the winner 13 minutes from regulation time.
Last 5 matches at Police’s home
In the previous 5 league engagements between the two sides at Police’s home, Vipers has managed 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses, scoring 5 goals against 6 hence the Cops will fancy own chances when we visit.
Kenyan import Innocent Wafula picked up a knock against Proline hence will have to undergo a late fitness test to determine his availability.
However, Rahmat Senfuka who scored the winner in our last meeting, returns to the squad after being rested for the previous match.
Paul Willa will also be facing his former pay masters for the first time having transfered to Vipers in July and has had consistent performances making the right back position his own.
Rashid Toha remain sidelined with an injury so is Shaban Muhammed who though is steadily recovering hence nearing his return.
The Coach’s View:
Vipers head coach Edward Golola says it would be a huge mistake to undermine the Cops despite their unconvincing run.
‘I think they will try to push us for results but we have to start well with aggressiveness and determination.
“We are not looking at what our opponents are not doing, instead we are fighting to improve ourselves with each game, and its important” Golola stressed.
Though this is a top league where anything can happen but dropped points tomorrow, would be a disappointing momentum sapping moment of our campaign therefore lets attend to cheer the boys to victory.
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