Uganda Cup Brief: SC Villa v Vipers SC

Stanbic Uganda Cup (2nd Leg)

SC Villa v Vipers SC 

Wednesday (June 2, 2021)

Bombo Military Ground | 3:30pm

Live on UBC TV

The rivalry between SC Villa and Vipers SC is set to be renewed tomorrow (Wednesday, June 2) when the two sworn field enemies clash in a Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal second leg tie at Bombo Military Grounds.

Vipers SC will be aiming to overturn a first leg frustrating one all draw as they conceded a late equalizer with almost the last kick of the game through a Ronald Ssekiganda header to cancel out Lawrence Tezikya’s goal.

And the Venoms, who have seen their preparations for the knockout showpiece event overshadowed by coach Fred Kajoba’s departure, will require an outright victory or a draw of more than one goal to qualify for the semifinals.

It will thus be a proud moment for the lads as they embark on a task to recapture the title last won in 2016 and it will be an even prouder moment for interim head coach Paul Kiwanuka who has been tasked with overseeing team responsibilities until the end of the season.

The Opposition:

SC Villa come into this return leg fixture with a dose of own problems as their preparations ahead of the tie have been dominated by stories of players unpaid salaries & a sit down strike.

However, such occurrences at times only make the players stronger hence cannot be based on to think it will be a walk in the park as the two teams meet.

The nine time winners are looking at this cup as the only opportunity for a silverware this season and will therefore approach it courageously despite unpaid salaries setback.

Form:

Vipers SC eliminated Busoga United 5-1 on aggregate at the round of 32 before seeing off UPDF 4-2 after both legs to reach this stage.

The Jogoos as they are popularly known, survived a scare at the round of 32 losing the first leg 1-0 at home against Fufa in Big League side Ndejje University before recovering to win the second leg 3-0 to progress.

At the round of 16, they overcame Onduparaka 1-0 away in Arua before settling for a goalless draw in the return leg at Bombo Military Grounds to reach the quarterfinals.

Team News:

Dan Sserunkuma is back though this fixture comes quite early for him as he is yet to gain match fitness.

Aziz Kayondo recovered from a minor knock but is in fine shape and with be available to play.

Coach’s View:

“You have to show more than we showed over 90 minutes. The SC Villa goal had a bit of a slip in our defence, but the clinical nature with which they finished it showed we had work to do going into the return leg. We have to go to Bombo and play with a lot of pride and see what we can do there. We can’t consider too much the scoreline in terms of how we approach it. It’s pretty clear we are in a very bad position going into the second leg. It’s a show of character, that’s all we can do.”

Copyright 2021 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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