STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
The Date: February 18th, 2020
The Contest: Vipers vs KCCA
The Time: 4pm | Live On Sanyuka TV
The Venue: St Mary’s stadium
Two of the best sides in the Startimes Uganda premier league will lock horns in a highly billed encounter which in all sense is a title decider for the 2019/2020 football campaign.
Therefore, all roads will lead to St Mary’s stadium in Kitende where current table toppers Vipers sports club host the defending champions KCCA FC on Tuesday 18, February 2020 as both teams seek to brighten their title ambitions.
On Vipers part, its the only opportunity for a silverware this season following ejection from the 2020 Stanbic Uganda cup by little known Kajjansi United hence the lads must attach a lot of importance to this fixture.
Fred Kajoba’s coached side come into the game as leaders with 49 points five more than the Kasasiro lads who can’t afford to faulter if they are to retain the league trophy however in Vipers, they are up against an hungry opponent.
If the Venoms collect maximum points from this engagement, they will move 8 clear of KCCA which will be a good position to be in with eight matches to wind up the season however, a loss keeps the visitors in contention as they will close the gap to 2 points and a draw maintains the current situation.
KCCA FC come into the match occupying second position on the 16 team league table having garnered 44 points out of 21 games and they find themselves at a point of no return since retaining the title will hinge a lot on the day’s result.
KCCA gaffer Mike Mutebi has been on a winning side against Vipers in the league, on 2 occasions losing 3 and drawing 4 out of the 9 meetings since he was appointed as the head coach hence will be looking for a third victory in 10 matches in a make or break encounter.
Last meeting at Kitende
Vipers 1-1 KCCA
The corresponding encounter at the St Marys stadium Kitende, ended in a pulsating 1-1 draw after Filbert Obenchan cancelled out Dan Serunkuuma’s spectacular opener before Saddam Juma missed a penalty which would have sealed three points for KCCA however, the Kasasiro lads eventually went on to lift their 13th league title.
Both teams have had mixed results during the second round as inconsistency has been the order of the day therefore this fixture means a lot to them.
Vipers last 5 league matches:
Won 3-2 away to BUL FC
Won 1-0 against Onduparaka
Drew 2-2 with Mbarara City FC
Lost 0-1 to SC Villa
Won 4-2 away to Proline
KCCA last 5 league matches
Won 2-1 over Maroons at Lugogo
Lost 1-2 away to URA at Ndejje
Won 2-0 on the road against Kyetume
Won 1-0 against Tooro United
Lost 1-2 to Brighstars at Kavumba.
Milton Karisa is set to feature for the Venoms following his return from Moulidouia Oudja of Morocco and has since received clearance to play for Vipers. Interestingly, he last scored his league goal against KCCA in the 3-2 win at the St Mary’s stadium in 2018.
Fahad Bayo returns from suspension which ruled him out of the 3-2 victory over BUL FC last week in Njeru to spearhead the attack against the opponents he didn’t face in the first round due to national team assignments.
Vipers is further boosted by the return of Captain Halid Lwaliwa and combative midfielder Siraje Ssentamu having fully recovered from injuries which sidelined them for a couple of matches since the 4-2 win against Proline.
Aziz Kayondo is suspended for this fixture due to accumulated bookings thus the left back will be expected to return for Friday’s match against URA in Ndejje.
Teenage sensation Karim Watambala is also available after shaking off a knock he picked up against Onduparaka therefore tactician Kajoba will be spoilt for choice ahead of this decider.
Former KCCA players Tito Okello and Paul Mucureezi will face their former employers for the first time if selected as they both missed the reverse fixture at Lugogo due suspension for Okello while Mucurezi hadn’t joined the Venoms by then.
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