Match-day 12

Tuesday, December 21
•Bright Stars Vs Vipers – Kavumba
•Gaddafi Vs Onduparaka – Gaddafi Arena
•Tooro United Vs Police FC – Buhinga

Wednesday, December 22
•KCCA FC Vs Express – Lugogo
•UPDF Vs BUL – Bombo
•URA FC Vs Mbarara City – Ndejje
•Wakiso Giants Vs Arua Hill – Wakissha
•Busoga United Vs SC Villa – Njeru

Team News

  • Bright Stars will continue to miss Emmanuel Loki despite returning to training
  • James Angu will be available next week after finishing his exams
  • For Vipers, Paul Mucureezi is expected to miss out again for reasons unknown
  • Lawrence Tezikya, Richard Basangwa and Umar Kyebatala remain the long term absentees for the Venoms.

Probable Lineups

Bright Stars – Simon Tamale, Andrew Kaggwa, Derrick Ngoobi, Allan Katwe, Andrew Kyambadde, Derrick Kiggundu, Ivan Irinimbabazi, Marvin Youngman, Methodius Jungu, Joseph Janjali, Nelson Senkatuka

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

Preview: Vipers Seek to Keep Pressure on KCCA

Vipers will be going for maximum points when they face hosts Bright Stars at Kavumba Recreation centre.

The Venoms laboured to a 1-0 win over Tooro United and after KCCA FC were held to a draw at Villa, they are just four points adrift of the leaders with a game in hand.

A win against Bright Stars will see the gap reduced to one, and pressure will be on KCCA FC who face defending champions Express at Lugogo on Wednesday.

The Venoms looked sloppy against Tooro United, missing chance after chance, and needed a Manzoki’s 70th minute goal to win the struggling side.

Coach Roberto Oliveira showed his frustrations with his forward but commended his players for the fighting spirit.

The biggest positive from that win was that even on a bad day, they managed to squeeze out an important win.

Such is the spirit that Vipers will need if they are to take this season’s title.

However, Vipers will be aware that Bright Stars will pose more serious questions that Tooro United.

Bright Stars have been poor this season, and sit just a place above the relegation zone by goal difference. They are a shadow of themselves having finished fifth last season.

But a positive result against Vipers may turn their season around and get back on track.

The Stats

Bright Stars

  • The hosts are 13th on the log with 7 points after 10 games (1W, 4D, 5L)
  • They have scored six goals, the least this season
  • Winless in last four games, including two back-to-back goalless draws

Vipers SC

  • The Venoms sit second on the table with 23 points after 10 games (7W, 2D, 1L)
  • They have scored 22 goals, the highest in the league so far
  • Have won all but Express FC (0-0) away games this season.

Head To Head

*Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers
*Vipers 2-0 Bright Stars

*Vipers Vs Bright Stars (not played)
*Bright Stars 1-3 Vipers

*Vipers 3-0 Bright Stars
*Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers

*Vipers 3-2 Bright Stars
*Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers

*Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers
*Vipers 1-1 Bright Stars

*Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers
*Vipers 1-0 Bright Stars

*Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers
*Vipers 0-0 Bright Stars

*Vipers 0-0 Bright Stars
*Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers


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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