Vipers Vs UPDF: A battle for table summit

Vipers SC| COURTESY/File.

The StarTimes Uganda Premier League reigning Champions Vipers SC host new comers Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) FC this Saturday at the St Mary’s stadium.

Having drawn 1-1 against Express in their last game, the hosts hope to return to their winning ways when they face the army side.


The Venoms inflicted a humiliating 7-0 defeat over another newly promoted side MYDA FC in their last home  game with Yunus Sentamu and Paul Mucureezi netting a brace while Ceasar Manzoki, Ibrahim Orit and Disan Galiwango added one a piece. 

However, in a much rejuvenated UPDF who were until Friday table leaders, Fred Kajoba and his troops face a different challenge all together.

The Venoms have gone five games unbeaten. They have won three and drawn two collecting 11 points but have a chance to dislodge current leaders Police FC (13 points) if they beat UPDF who are at the moment occupying the second position with 12 points.

Despite enjoying largely a good return to the top division, coach Kefa Kisala and his boys could be facing their first real test in Vipers.


Kisala has lost just one of the five matches played and have conceded three goals the second fewest number after Police FC who have let in three. 

The visitors must however double their effort especially at the heart of defense as they will be faced with the best attacking side in the league so far.

Another challenge for Kisala is that he will miss lead striker Brian Kalumba who is barred from playing against his parent club by loan regulations.

Other Vipers’ old boys who will be pointing guns at former pay masters are striker Dickens Okwir, Brian Kayanja and Ezekiel Katende.

Meanwhile, another ex- Venom Davis Kasirye will have to pass a late fitness test if he is to take any part in the game.

For Kajoba, he will only have to solve a selection puzzle especially at the front as he has all fowards available and ready for duty.

Other Match day 6 Fixtures:

Saturday, 13th February 2021:

•SC Villa Vs MYDA- Bombo Army Barracks Grounds, (3PM)

  • Soltilo Bright Stars Vs Kitara – Kavumba Recreational Stadium, Wakiso (4 PM)

Sunday, 14th February 2021:

  • URA Vs Express – Arena of Visions, Bombo (3 PM).