Tuesday, September 21
*Vipers Vs Police – 3:30pm
Vipers and Police meet in the semifinals of the 2020/21 Stanbic Uganda Cup on Tuesday at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
The teams return to action for the first time about three months since the competitions were put on hold due to Coronavirus.
Consequently, FUFA revised the format and decided that the semifinals will be played at a single venue hence eliminating the home and away basis.
It was also decided that the licenses for the 2020-2021 season will only be considered (no new signings will be allowed) and all the technical team should have bench permits.
Express and BUL FC will also face off in the other semifinal due Thursday.
Back to the first semifinal on Tuesday, a lot has changed but mostly for the Venoms who have a new man in charge.
The club appointed head coach Roberto Oliveira (Robertinho) who will be assisted by Marcelo Cardoso to replace Fred Kajoba and Paul Kiwanuka.
Kiwanuka handled the return leg between Vipers and SC Villa after Kajoba had thrown in a towel.
Police FC on the other hand, have lost a couple of players including Derrick Kakooza, Denis Rukundo and Henry Katongole in the transfer window.
The last meeting between the two sides was in the league at Kitende in February this year – Police goalkeeper Derrick Ochan was controversially sent off as the side lost 3-2. Eric Ssenjobe and Brian Mululi scored for Police while Caesar Manzoki and Ibrahim Orit (2) were on target for Vipers.
- Vipers captain Halid Lwaliwa is a doubt picking a knee injury in Uganda Cranes away game to Kenya
- Lawrence Tezikya remains sidelined.
- For Police, Frank Zaga has not reported back for training.
- Johnson Odong and Joseph Sentume are still injured.
What they said:
Marcelo Cardoso (Assistant Coach Vipers SC) – “After three weeks of work, we are happy and set for the encounter against Police FC. Players are working very hard and there is improvement thus everything is going according to our plans. We are not yet fit but with the players’ dedication in training, there is a big improvement for the time we have been with them and we believe we are ready to play our opponents Police FC.”
Abdallah Mubiru (Police FC Head Coach) – “Playing at the semi-finals motivates everyone at the club especially the players. At the start of every season, it’s everyone’s dream to win something at the end and this would be a cover-up for missing the league title. We have not got enough preparations due to COVID-19 but we will not give it as an excuse.”
- Vipers have won the Uganda Cup title once; They beat Onduparaka 3-1 in 2015/16 in Nakivubo. Lost two finals (2012/13 to Victoria University, 2018 to KCCA)
- Vipers were knocked out by Kajjansi United at the round of 64 last season.
- This season, they have eliminated Busoga United, UPDF and SC Villa
- Have never won the Uganda Cup title but have lost two finals (2000 to SC Villa, 2002/3 to Express)
- Police were knocked out by Admin FC at the round of 64 last season
- This season, they have eliminated Calvary, Bright Stars and Wakiso Giants.
Vipers SC XI – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Bashir Asiku, Livingston Mulondo, Siraje Sentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, David Bagoole, Caesar Manzoki, Yunus Sentamu, Milton Karisa
Police XI: Tom Ikara (G.K), Tonny Kiwalazi, Eric Ssenjobe, Hassan Muhammod, Yusuf Ssozi, Tonny Mawejje, Fahad Kizito, Duncan Sseninde, Brian Mululi, Ruben Kimera, Muwadda Mawejje
How To Watch – The match will be played behind closed doors, hence no fans allowed, due to Covid19 pandemic. It will be broadcast live on UBC TV.