Wednesday, March 10
*Kitara FC vs Wakiso Giants FC @1pm – Kavumba Recreation Grounds.
*Vipers SC vs SC Villa @4pm – St. Mary’s Stadium.
*Bright Stars FC vs BUL FC @4pm – Kavumba Recreation Grounds
•Denis Kiggundu and Abraham Ndugwa have been cleared to train but will not be named on the match day squad due to lack of match fitness.
•Aziz Kayondo, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Ivan Asaba, Najib Yiga and Richard Basangwa have just returned from the U20 AFCON and are not expected to feature.
•Disan Ggaliwango returns from suspension after missing the loss to Mbarara City due to accumulation of yellow cards.
•Siraje Ssentamu who missed the last two games is expected to return to the starting team.
•Fabien Mutombora is also pushing for a start after fully recovering and may replace Bashir Ssekagya in goal.
•Derrick Ndahiro returns for Villa having missed the same game following accumulation of yellow Cards.
•However, captain Asuman Harishe is still unavailable as he serves the second of his two match ban.
•Aside from that, Edward Kaziba is expected to choose from the same pool of players who drew with Police FC last weekend.
Vipers FC – Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Rashid Toha, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Orit, Allan Kayiwa, Yunus Ssentamu, Ceaser Manzoki.
SC Villa – Meddie Kibirige(Gk), Andrew Ssekigand, Derrick Ndahiro, Joseph Nsubuga, Emmanuel Wasswa, Amir Kakomo, Goffin Oryitho, Ronald Ssekiganda, Isaac Ogwang, Nicholas Kabonge, Muhammad Ssenonga.
Preview – Venoms Hoping To Bounce Back From First Defeat
Vipers were defeated 1-0 away to Mbarara City last time out as they finally succumbed to loss in the league this season.
In what was arguably their poorest display, the Venoms could not create enough to see the score and it was a worrying sign.
However, they return to Kitende hoping for a reaction from the loss and must be confident as they have been unbeatable at their home patch.
Fred Kajoba’s side has won all six of their home games, scoring an impressive 14 goals whilst conceding just three in the process. Vipers are the only side with a 100% record at home and will feel confident going into the game on Wednesday.
With URA FC beating Police on Tuesday, the Venoms start the day in third spot as they now trail both the Tax Collectors and Express FC on points, three and one respectively.
The competition for top spot seems to be heating up with each passing game week and Kajoba’s side know they need a quick reaction to their first loss so as to return to the summit.
It will not be easy as they come up against a SC Villa side that is also eyeing to return winning ways after a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Police FC last weekend.
The Jogoos have been fairly inconsistent since the league resumed as they have won three of their seven games since, drawing three and losing once.
That run of form has seen them drop into 8th spot on the standings but can climb as high as 6th with victory on Wednesday.
It will not be an easy fate taking care of the Venoms as Villa have won only once on their travels this campaign (D3 L2). The victory came in their last trip to Kyetume in a 0-1 result.
This will be the 23rd meeting between the two sides since November 2010.
In the previous 22 meetings, Vipers have enjoyed the better record, winning 10 and losing just four times.
However, the Jogoos have had a better recent record as they are unbeaten in their last three games against the Venoms (W2 D1).
Both of those wins have come at Kitende including a 0-1 result last season.
Vipers last defeated Villa on the 5th of June 2018.