Saturday, December 18
*Arua Hill Vs UPDF – Barifa
*SC Villa Vs KCCA – Njeru
*Police Vs Busoga United – Lugogo
*Vipers SC Vs Tooro United – Kitende


Team News

  • Vipers welcome back Milton Karisa after the winger missed the last Busoga United game due to yellow card suspension
  • Lawrence Tezikya, Richard Basangwa and Umar Kyebatala remain the long term absentees
  • For Tooro United, Shafic Nana Kakeeto rejoined the squad after missing recent games
  • Rashid Lubega and Gerrard Lubanjwa are ruled out of the game

Probable Lineups

Vipers – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Livingston Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Aziz Kayondo, Yunus Sentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Bright Anukani, Caesar Manzoki, Yunus Sentamu, Milton Karisa

Tooro United – Kenneth Lukyamuzi, Rogers Mulungi, Ponsiano Ssegonja, Shafic Nana, Ronald Kayondo, Hussein Mwanje, Mark Nsubuga, Julius Pirwot, Marvin Oshaba, Hamis Gabite, Ronald Mubiru

Preview: All Eyes On Edward Golola

Edward Golola takes Tooro United to a familiar territory as Vipers look to close gap on top at Kitende.

Golola who replaced Micheal Nam Ouma in July 2019 was shown an exit door at Kitende after the Venoms lost to minnows Kajjansi United in the Uganda Cup round of 64 via shootouts at Wankulukuku on January 23 2020.

He had also served at the club in 2009-2011 and 2014-2015 as head coach. He was an assistant to Miguel Da Costa (2017-2018) and Michael Nam Ouma (2019). 

He recently said that he is open to a return at Kitende if approached, and Saturday’s game hands him the best chance to prove to Vipers faithful that still has something left.

It’s a big task for him however given the current state of his side, losing their last eight games, but they will be bank on their underdog status to spring up a shocker.

Vipers on the other hand, have no room for error and will be hoping to return to winning ways after recent poor results at Kitende.

With a game in hand, they sit six points below leaders KCCA who may drop points against Villa at Njeru.

Yunus Sentamu is expected to start again after returning with a goal against Busoga United while Bobosi Byaruhanga who started on the bench in that same game, may be recalled.

The Stats

Vipers

  • The Venoms sit third with 20 points from 9 games (6W, 2D, 1L)
  • They have scored 29 goals, no team has scored more so far
  • Winless in last two games at Kitende; lost to URA and drew with KCCA

Tooro United

  • Sit 15th with 4 points from 10 games (1W, 1D, 8L)
  • They have conceded the most goals (26)
  • Winless in last eight league games

The Meetings
*The teams will be meeting for the 14th time. Vipers has never lost to Tooro United (Soana). They have won 9 and drawn 4.
*Fahad Bayo scored the only goal as 10-man Vipers who saw Farouk Musisi sent off, beat Tooro United at Kitende their last meeting on September 3rd 2019.
*Tooro United has scored just four goals against Vipers in 13 meetings!

Head To Head

2019/20
*Tooro United Vs Vipers (not played)
*Vipers 1-0 Tooro United

2018/19
*Tooro United 1-1 Vipers
*Vipers 0-0 Tooro United

2017/18
*Tooro United 0-1 Vipers
*Vipers 1-1 Tooro United

2016/17
*Vipers 2-0 Tooro United
*Tooro United 0-1 Vipers

2015/16
*Vipers 2-0 Tooro United
*Tooro United 1-2 Vipers

2014/15
*Vipers 1-1 Tooro United
*Tooro United 0-2 Vipers

2013/14
*Tooro United 0-3 Vipers
*Vipers 4-0 Tooro United


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Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.

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