Wednesday March 17, 2021
- Mary’s stadium, Kitende 4pm
Vipers host former immediate champions KCCA at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende in arguably the biggest fixture in Ugandan football in the past decade.
The two have won several titles between them but come into the game lurking in third (Vipers) and fourth (KCCA) on the table as the first round gets closed.
Vipers are on 30 points, three behind leaders URA while the Kasasiro are a further three on 27 points after 14 games.
Fred Kajoba, the Venoms coach understands the importance of winning this fixture and cites that home advantage will be key.
“We have set ourselves well both mentally and physically and we will go all out against KCCA FC on Wednesday,” he told the club website.
“We are playing at home and it’s important for us to do our best and end the first round well.”
For Mike Mutebi who could be nine points adrift of the top if his team lost and URA won in Arua, there is no pressure.
“We have no pressure and this is like any other game. We shall go there and try to win the game,” he told the media. “We shall play our way and we shall not be worried about the opposition,” he added.
On failing to beat Vipers at Kitende, Mutebi says history isn’t what they are looking at.
“We are not looking at History and how we have been performing against Vipers at Kitende.”
Vipers are boosted by the return of defenders Paul Willa and Rashid Toha from suspension while Abraham Ndugwa, Muhammad Shaban and U-20 international Azizi Kayondo are also available for selection.
On the other hand, KCCA have U-20 internationals Steven Sserwadda, Kizza Bukenya and Andrew Kawooya available with latter if picked, faces his former employers.
Filbert Obenchan remains out through injury and so are Italian Stefan Loro Mazengo, Juma Balinya and Julius Poloto.