UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
The Date: December 17, 2022
The Contest: Vipers SC v BUL FC
The Time: 2pm
The Venue: St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
Seeking to make a quick return to winning ways, Vipers SC will play hosts to BUL FC in the Uganda Premier League on Saturday at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
The Venoms played out a barren stalemate with Express FC in the last game, and will be eager to bounce back quick.
We take on a BUL side with whom we share points (24) on the log, as we occupy second by virtue of a superior goal difference, whilst they sit third.
It’s also against a team that beat us 3-1 in last season’s Uganda Cup final, and head coach Roberto Oliveira alias Robertinho is fully aware of the threat they may possess.
“About tomorrow’s game, yes, maturity, experience [is] very important, but again it’s not the only decisive thing,” said the Brazilian.
“We have to be ready to play a top, top, top, top game because they will go for us,” he added.
“They will high press, they will try to play much more football than we allowed them do the last time we met in the Uganda Cup final. So, it will be really interesting, definitely. How I said, maturity is important but not the only thing.”
Vipers holds the lion’s share of the head to head, as we boast 12 league wins over BUL’s two since 2012. The other five encounters ended in stalemates.
Last 19 League Meetings.
A similar meeting at Kitende last season ended in a 1-1 draw, with Walter Ochora netting an own goal for the Venoms as Simon Peter Oketch scored for the Oil Manufacturers.
In the return encounter, we were comfortable 3-1 victors courtesy of Najib Yiga’s brace and another from Yunus Sentamu.
Karim Watambala is back ahead of tomorrow’s match while Murushid Juuko is expected to be fine after suffering a whack on the ankle.
Too soon for Abdu Lumala who is still undergoing rehabilitation process and goalkeeper Alfred Macumu Mudekereza is still out after contracting malaria early this week.
A host of stars are still unavailable through respective injuries including Yunus Sentamu, Paul Mucureezi, Dissan Galiwango and Livingstone Mulondo.