Wednesday, April 5th, 2023 | 4pm

Maroons FC v Vipers SC

Luzira Prisons Ground

Following a long layoff without StarTimes Uganda Premier League action due to CAF Champions League engagements, Vipers SC will return with a tie against Maroons FC.

At the Luzira Prisons grounds on Wednesday, the Venoms will badly want to pick maximum points as they seek to ascend to the top spots of the log.

At the moment, Alex Isabirye’s charges occupy fifth with 28 points, twelve adrift of leaders SC Villa, who have played five games more.

On his return from an injury setback, captain Milton Karisa expects to see fight in the entire team, ahead of the rest of the season.

“I am so happy to be fully back after the injury I sustained and the entire focus is on tomorrow’s game,” he said to the club media.

“The general focus is on the league and the Uganda Cup, but we shall take it one game at ago.”

“We are going to do everything we can, give in absolute effort to see that we win the game,” the newly crowned USPA Player for 2022 added.

In the reverse fixture in the first round at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende, the Venoms walked home as comfortable 3-0 winners, courtesy of a Karisa and a Yunus Sentamu brace.

Tomorrow’s encounter will be the 10th between the pair in the topflight, dating back to the 2015/16 season.

In the previous nine, we have the lion’s share of victories; seven and two draws, while we are yet to lose a single game in the process.

The game will however not be a walk in the park, as Maroons haven’t lost a single league game in their previous five. They’ve won thrice including a 1-0 win against KCCA FC, and have as well managed two draws in that spell.

Team News

Captain Milton Karisa is fully back and in the squad after overcoming a hamstring injury that saw him sit out for three weeks.

Yunus Sentamu and Marvin Joseph Youngman are still out since they are still on the road to recovery from a joint and ankle problem respectively. 

Livingstone Mulondo suffered a knock on his ankle during his time with the National team (Uganda Cranes) last week. 

Karim Watambala felt a knee problem in our last CAF Champions League game against Horoya Athletic Club in Bamako, Mali and has been rested as a precaution.

Serge Robert Mwenge dropped a fever in our last training yesterday and as a precaution he has asked to take a rest.

Goalkeeper Alfred Mudekereza is still sidelined for weeks with a finger injury he suffered during last week’s training.

Murushid Juuko, too, is still out nursing an injury and it is not yet clear when he will return.