Uganda Cup: Key stats as Vipers visit SC Villa

Stanbic Uganda Cup (Quarterfinal 2nd Leg)

SC Villa v Vipers SC
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
Bombo Military Grounds, 3:30pm
Live on UBC TV

All eyes and ears of football loving Ugandans will be at the Bombo Military Barracks Grounds when SC Villa host Vipers SC in a Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal encounter on Wednesday.

The first leg which was played eight days ago at St Mary’s stadium, ended in a one all stalemate leaving this return leg wide open as the two teams seek to qualify for the semifinals scheduled later this month.

This encounter will mark the sixth time both clubs are meeting in their Uganda Cup history dating to way back in 2006 when Vipers first played in the country’s most prestigious top flight league.

Head-To-Head
Meetings: 5
Vipers wins: 2
Draws: 2
Loss: 1
Goals for: 3
Against: 3

Their first meeting in this knockout competition occurred in 2009 at the semifinals stage and the first leg was played at Nakivubo war II memorial stadium where Vipers used to host it’s home matches.

In front of a capacity crowd on March 15, 2009, Andrew Nkurunungi who was a student at St Mary’s Kitende then, seized the moment when he scored in the 23rd & 53rd minutes to hand Villa a vital 2-0 first leg away advantage.

No body gave Vipers a chance in the second leg but the Venoms put up a spirited fight at Namboole stadium on April 1st, 2009 causing all sorts of problems to the Joggos before winning the tie via Andy Ssali’s 83rd minute strike but bowed out 2-1 on aggregate.

Last 5 Uganda Cup meetings

2008/09
SF 1st Leg: Vipers SC 0-2 SC Villa
2nd leg: SC Villa 0-1 Vipers SC

2017/18

SF 1st Leg: SC Villa 0-0 Vipers SC
2nd leg: Vipers SC 1-0 SC Villa

2020/21
QF 1st Leg: Vipers SC 1-1 SC Villa

Vipers SC is playing it’s 11th Uganda Cup quarterfinal encounter having reached the same stage 5 consecutive times between 2009, 2013 then 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 failing to qualify on 4 occasions losing to Simba FC (2010), URA FC (2011), Paidha Black Angels FC (2017) & Proline FC (2019).

The last time Vipers reached this stage was in 2019 where we were eliminated 2-1 by Proline after extra time in a thrilling encounter at Phillip Omondi Stadium, Tadeo Lwanga cancelled out Noordin Bunjo’s goal before Ibrahim Bonyo came off the bench to break the Venoms hearts with a late strike to seal the win.

It will be Vipers 62nd Uganda Cup engagement altogether winning 39 outright, losing 9 in regulation time and we have lost 6 via penalties while qualifying on 4 occasions through the spot kicks, 3 ended in draws due to the home & away format, how will this be?

The Venoms require an outright victory or a draw of more than one goal to qualify for the semifinals while any loss or a goalless draw sees Vipers out of the tournament, a one all draw takes the match to extra time.

With such kind of history and rivalry between the two teams, the engagement is bound to keep fans of either team on tip toes therefore Bombo Military Barracks Grounds won’t be an ideal place for the faint hearted.

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