Wednesday, March 03
*Police FC vs Mbarara City FC @4pm – Omondi Stadium (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*Vipers SC vs Bright Stars FC @4pm – St. Mary’s Stadium
•Vipers SC welcome back the duo of captain Halid Lwaliwa and midfielder Siraje Ssentamu who missed the win in Onduparaka FC due to injury.
•But Milton Karisa is still a few days away from recovering so he is expected to once again be out.
•Abraham Ndugwa is also still out due to a metatarsal problem.
•Ahmed Amayo is back in training but not expected to be part of the match-day squad.
•The Venoms continue to miss Bobosi Byaruhanga and Aziz Kayondo plus several other youngsters who are with both the national U20 and U17 teams.
•Bright Stars are expected to still be without a host of players due to injuries.
•Simon Ssemayange, Sam Sekitto, Ronald Sempala, Methodius Jungu, Andrww Kyambadde and Alfred Onek have all be carrying injuries and expected to still be out.
•Striker Emmanuel Loki who made his debut off the bench in the draw with Police FC last week will be pushing for a start.
Vipers FC – Bashir Sekagya, Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, Halid Lwaliwa, Bashir Asiku, Siraje Ssentamu, Ibrahim Orit, Karim Watambala, Cesar Manzoki, Yunus Sentamu, Muhammad Shaban
Bright Stars FC – Edwin Kiwanuka (GK), Andrew Kaggwa, Ronald Nkonge, Warren Bbule, Allan Katwe, Joseph Marvin, Joseph Janjali, Derrick Kiggundu, Samuel Ssekamatte Kayongo, Emmanuel Loki, Joseph Akandwanaho.
Preview – Vipers out to retain top spot
Vipers SC have started the season brightly and continue justifying the favourites tag as we conclude match-day 11.
The Venoms are yet to lose a game this campaign after winning seven and drawing three of their opening 10 games.
After Express took care of Kitara FC on Tuesday, the Venoms head into the game second on the log, one point behind the leaders.
Fred Kajoba’s side will be full of confidence as they have won all of their last three games including a first-ever victory away to Onduparaka FC last weekend.
After starting slowly in game, the Venoms were rampant in the opening exchanges against the Caterpillars and will be hoping for more of the same when they return to Kitende, a venue that has become a fortress of sorts for a while now.
The Kitende based side have won all of their past six games at Kitende, scoring an impressive six goals and conceding just three.
That sort of form will worry anyone visiting including Bright Stars who are yet to win a game on their travels this season.
In their five away games so far, Baker Mbowa’s side have drawn lost one and drawn the other four including all the last three contests.
Overall, the visitors have been in decent form of late and will be motivated for the game.
After picking just a single point in their first three games, Bright Stars have gone on a seven game unbeaten run (W3 D4).
They have scored in nine of their opening 10 games and will come into this one fancying themselves to find the back of the net, at the very least.
Vipers have never lost a game to Bright Stars after winning six and drawing the other nine of the previous 15 meetings between the two sides.
The Venoms head into the game having won three of the past four meetings between the two sides including both of the last two at Kitende.
Last season, Vipers beat Bright Stars 3-1 in the only game the two sides faced off before the season was cancelled due to Coronavirus.