The Preview: Vipers v Maroons

SUPL Fixture: Vipers vs. Maroons

Date: 26 – February – 2020

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende

The past is not in our control but we can dictate the future.

That is the mantra and certainly part of the pep talk coach Fred Kajoba will preach to the Venoms when they go out seeking vengeance for last week’s loss to URA against Maroons at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende tomorrow (Wednesday, February 26).

The defeat at the Arena of Visions still hurts and Douglas Bamweyana’s troops will fancy causing another twist in the title race despite their standing on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) log.

Maroons (13th with 24 points from 23 games) have a lot of business to take care of. The relegation monster continued to stare at them following a 1-0 home loss to Busoga United in their last fixture.

Vipers Sports Club, though, will care less as they must reign supreme in this encounter to relieve themselves of any pressure as the SUPL reaches its final bend.

“We are not looking at the past, our sights are set on the task ahead,” vice captain Geoffrey Wasswa said in the build up to the encounter.

We are more confident and fired up to produce the needed results and we are certainly looking to get the best from the remaining games.”

The statistical fact that Vipers’ closest challengers for the title; KCCA and SC Villa failed to garner maximum points from their last games will motivate the team to go for the kill.

Statistics corner

Maroons lost the reverse fixture after they were docked three points and three goals for fielding ineligible Hannington Sebwalunyo, who had accumulated three cards, then.

Vipers vs. Maroons head to head stats;

26/02/20: Vipers vs. Maroons ?? 

22/11/19 : Maroons 0-3 Vipers 

27/03/19 : Vipers 2-0 Maroons 

02/10/18 : Maroons 1-2 Vipers

02/03/18 : Maroons 1-1 Vipers

18/11/17 : Vipers 1-1 Maroons 

22/03/16: Maroons 0-1 Vipers

11/12/15 : Vipers 1-0 Maroons

Here are the two teams’ recent form;

Maroons FC:

Maroons 2-0 BUL Maroons 

Bright Stars 2-1 Maroons 

Maroons 1-1 Tooro United 

KCCA 2-1 Maroons 

Wakiso Giants 2-1 Maroons 

Maroons 0-1 Busoga

Vipers SC:

Vipers 0-1 SC Villa

Mbarara City 0-0 Vipers

Vipers 1-0 Onduparaka

BUL 2-3 Vipers

Vipers 0-0 KCCA 

URA 3-1 Vipers

Team news:

Striker Tito Okello will not make the Match Day squad following a nasty tackle he suffered during the barren draw with KCCA.

Bobosi Byaruhanga and Frank Tumwesigye are in line for returns having sat out the ‘forgettable’ URA match. 

Skipper Halid Lwaliwa will miss a chance to face the prison warders this season through injury. The center back did not play the first leg in Luzira and Wednesday’s game comes quite early for him.

Copyright 2020 Vipers Sports Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.viperssc.co.ug as the source.

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