Uganda Premier League (Match Day 8) – Friday, 19th February 2021
Mbarara City Vs Busoga United – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara City (4 PM)
Onduparaka Vs Kyetume – AbaBet Green Light Stadium, Arua (4 PM)
Vipers Vs Police – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (4 PM)
Soltilo Bright Stars Vs UPDF – Kavumba Recreational Stadium (4 PM)
Vipers SC return to action on Friday as they host Police FC in top of the table clash at St Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
The venoms are hoping to bounce back to winning ways in the league after drawing 2-2 with Kyetume FC in Jinja.
The stalemate against Kyetume left the Champions in the second position with 15 points, one behind visitors Police after seven games.
On the other hand, Police head into the fixture with some fine form. The Cops have had two back to back home wins against their hosts’tormentors Kyetume (3-0) and BUL FC (2-0).
However, the Vonoms have a superior head to head advantage over their Friday opponents. The visitors are yet to get a point from the St Mary’s Stadium.
“All games are very important to us. We don’t single out one, but they’re definitely big days and big games so we can call tomorrow’s a big game because we are playing champions,” Police coach Abdallah Mubiru told club media on Thursday.
And Mubiru asserts to the fact that his side must be 100 % concetrated and alert throughout the 90 minutes if positive results are to be realized on Friday.
“Much as we know we are playing against the champions, we respect them, they’re a very good team, very good players, very good technical team and financially they’re well off, what really matters is the way we are going to handle ourselves on the pitch.
“Who wouldn’t feel proud to outcompete the champions? We are looking forward to outcompeting them.”
Mubiru’s host Fred Kajoba has however urged his troops to sharpen their arsenal and perform beyond self.
“We have a balanced squad full of quality and depth to compete in the league. I equally demand the best from them and consistency.
“A win will encourage and push us forward going into subsequent fixtures,” Kajoba told club website.
“We play a side that’s credible thus I demand hard work, responsibility and positivity from whoever will be put on the pitch on Friday,” he added.
The fixture pits two high scoring sides in the league. Vipers have scored 19 and conceeded eight while Police have hit the net 16 times and let in only 3 goals.
Milton Karisa has returned to training after nursing off a thigh injury he suffered while playing for the Uganda Cranes at the Chan in Cameroon.
Siraje Sentamu overcame a slight knock and is likely to be selected to start against Police FC. The midfielder was rested during Tuesday’s 2-2 away at Kyetume.
Defender Rashid Toha will be out of the game due to a muscle he pulled against Kyetume and thus, the coach will have to decide on who partners captain Halid Lwariwa between Livingstone Mulondo and Bashir Asiku.
Police will miss striker Ben, Frank Tumwesigye, Bashir Kabuye, Edward Kiryowa and Samuel Kayongo who are all still sidelined with injuries and youngster Derrick Kakooza who is away with the Uganda Hippos in Mauritania at the AFCON U-20.