Vipers v Express: The Brief

StarTimes Uganda Premier League

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Vipers SC v Express FC

St Mary’s stadium, 3pm

There’s always been something special about Vipers v Express, a fixture that remains one of Uganda Premier League’s genuine blockbusters.

When you consider both sides’ respective form this season, with the visitors unbeaten in the last two Premier League games and us having won twice back to back, it is shaping up to be another classic encounter.

The Venoms have won four of their last five home meetings with the Red Eagles, while they remain the only unbeaten side in the league so far.

Everything is set up well for the hosts, especially with Fahad Bayo who has exhibited some good form especially playing at home. He has now scored three goals in the last two games at St. Mary’s stadium.

Vipers come into this game quite confident that Karim Watambara, Abraham Ndugwa and Dan Sserunkuma among others can also take the burden or pressure of scoring off Bayo like they did in the 1-3 away win at Police.

Sserunkuma has netted five goals against Express in their last two visits to Kitende and this could be his chance to get his name on the score sheet again since firing home against Bright Stars.

Meanwhile the Red Eagles have a psychological boost having picked 2 back to back wins over Kyetume FC and Police FC but will have a lot to prove that they are capable of stopping the on form hosts.

Vipers captain Halid Lwaliwa explained the magnitude of this game ahead of two weeks international break.

“The league is getting tighter with each game; every team comes with an aim of picking results and we have to do everything right and score goals because its the only way we can win games. We have to show hunger and urgency and pick maximum points, that’s the most important thing for us if we are to win on Saturday. “

Vipers skipper, Halid Lwaliwa

Our head coach Edward Golola knows all about Express’ strengths, all about the form ‘and all about the threat they will pose. But after a 6-game unbeaten run in the league, he will be confident that we possess more than enough threat of our own to win.

“We need to be calm individually and tactically in the 90 minutes to get the final victory.”

Vipers head coach Edward Golola

Team News:

Vipers will have to make do without Allan Kayiwa who travelled to Ethiopia for National duty with the Uganda Cranes.

Innocent Wafula is fully fit having missed the trip to Lugogo through flue.

Brian Nkuubi picked a fever and is doubtful for this clash.

However Frank ‘Zaga Tumwesigye, Karim Watambara, Ibrahim Tembo, Bobos Byaruhanga , Ashraf Muguma and Rahmat Ssefuka are available for selection.

Henry Kitegenyi is still waiting to make his debut for the Venoms since joining from Big league outfit Plascon Kansai.

Copyright 2019 Vipers Sports Club plc. Permission to use quotations and photos from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.viperssc.co.ug as the source.

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