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Win or burst for KCCA in top of the table clash

Saturday April 16, 2022

  • MTN Omondi stadium, Lugogo 4pm Live on Sanyuka TV

The biggest game in the Uganda Premier League this season is on this Saturday afternoon when KCCA host Vipers.

KCCA are second on the table with nine points separating them from leaders Vipers and are aware that nothing but victory will rekindle their dying hopes of winning the title.

Coach Morley Byekwaso expects a tough game against the leaders who dismantled URA in their last game but says home advantage will be key for his side.

“It will definitely be a tough game,” Byekwaso told the club website. “We know we have the home advantage and we have to use it,” he added.

“They are coming to our home and we need to make it very difficult for them here. We were close in the first leg and they snatched a point at the end of the game but that is in the past. They are table leaders and have a nine point gap; we know if we are to cut their lead then we have to win against them.

Like Byekwaso, Marcelo Cardoso, the assistant to Roberto Oliviera at Vipers also anticipates a tough clash but believes its KCCA under pressure to win.

“We have a strong match against KCCA FC tomorrow. Of course at this stage, they know how we play & we know their team too.” said assistant coach Marcelo Cardoso.

“We are developing our strategy to approach this match in the best way possible in order to get a good result. It’s very important to say that for us to have a good result isn’t a victory of course we want to win all the matches but to win a league, we have to play with results.”

KCCA come into the game on the back of a barren draw with Arua Hill at Lugogo are minus injured Julius Poloto, Gift Ali and Patrick Kaddu in addition to long term casualties Geoffrey Wasswa, Emmanuel Wasswa and Brian Kayanja.

They however have Usama Arafat back in the squad after he missed the goalless draw with Arua Hill due to suspension.

Vipers experienced Burundi custodian Fabien Mutombora is injured and so is KCCA graduate Paul Willa but good news is that Sentamus Yunus and Siraje are available after limping off in their last outing at URA.

The reverse fixture at Kitende ended in a 2-2 draw and the previous 33 league meetings between the two sides have yielded 13 wins for Vipers, 11 for KCCA and nine draws.

Vipers won the last meeting at Lugogo 2-1 last year.

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