Uganda Cup – Tuesday, May 25
*Vipers SC vs SC Villa, St. Mary’s Stadium @3:30pm
•Vipers SC will still be without Dan Sserunkuma and Ahmed Amayo who are both injured.
•Goalkeeper Denis Kiggundu is also a fitness doubt for the game.
•Shaban Muhammad and Bashir Asiku are still serving an internal suspension for indiscipline reasons.
•Disan Galiwango, Paul Mucurezi and Richard Basangwa who both came off the bench in the last League game are expected to start.
•SC Villa will welcome back Gavin Kizito who has missed the last two league games through suspension following a sending off against Vipers.
•Andrew Kiwanuka and Goffin Oyirwoth are both still out with Injuries.
•Abdallah Salim is also out with illness.
•The duo of Meddie Kibirige and Emmanuel Wasswa are unavailable as they are away with the National Beach Soccer team currently in Senegal for the AFCON finals.
•Benson Muhindo continues his recovery from a lengthy layoff so he misses out too.
Vipers SC – Bashir Ssekagya, Paul Willa, Livingston Mulondo, Disan Galiwango, Halid Lwaliwa, Musa Ssali, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Karim Watambala, Paul Mucurezi, Yunus Ssentamu, Richard Basangwa.
SC Villa – Senkooto Kizito (GK), Gavin Kizito, Ndahiro Derrick, Nsubuga Joseph, Geoffrey Wasswa, Ssekiganda Ronald, Ssekandi Abdallah, Masereka Saddam, Muwawu Faizo, Kabonge Nicholas, Ssenoga Muhammed.
Preview – Venoms Out To Make Home Advantage Count Against Jogoos
Vipers are struggling to retain the Uganda Premier League this season as they sit third, two points behind leaders Express FC with just four games to play.
With the league title slowly slipping away, their best bet for silverware this campaign has to be the Uganda Cup.
On Tuesday, they have a chance to brighten chances of winning it when they host SC Villa at Kitende in the first leg of their quarter final tie.
The Venoms have been struggling at home lately and will be concerned by the visit of the Jogoos.
Fred Kajoba’s side has gone five competitive games minus victory at Kitende (D3 L2).
The last time they won a game there was on April 14th in a 4-0 league victory over Busoga United.
Despite those concerns, Vipers have cruised through both the round of 32 and 16 with ease and that will be the centre of their motivation going into the clash.
The took care of Busoga United 5-1 in the round of 32 before defeating UPDF FC 4-2 in the round of 16.
For Villa, the cup is their only hope for solace this campaign as they have struggled in the league.
Currently in 8th spot, there is nothing they can do to try and win the league but rather fight and finish as high up the log as possible.
The Jogoos have endured a trying last few years and with all the financial difficulties they are going through, a triumph in the cup may be the catalyst to redemption, they may be searching for.
Off a first victory in 11 league games as they beat Kyetume FC 1-0 on Saturday, Villa will be motivated as they search for a decent result in the first leg.
To reach this stage, they scrapped past both Ndejje University and Onduparaka FC winning 3-1 and 1-0 respectively.
Having won both of their away fixtures in the cup this season, Villa will be hopeful they can pull off an upset on Tuesday.
This will be the 25th meeting between the two sides since November 2010.
In the past 24 meetings, Vipers have won 12, Villa four with the other eight all ending in draws.
Vipers have already defeated Villa twice in the league this season including a 3-0 victory over the Jogoos at Kitende.
However, they is the only time that Villa have failed to take home all three points at the venue in their last three visits.
These two sides met in the Uganda cup semi-finals in 2018 with Vipers winning the tie 1-0 on aggregate.