Friday April 29, 2016

KCCA Vs Vipers – Nakivubo, 4:00pm

A couple of weeks ago, KCCA held a nine point lead at the table although second placed Vipers had a game in hand.

Forward to Tuesday this week, the nine point lead has been trimmed by three and now Vipers who still occupy second slot have two games in hand.

With the two destined to face off at Nakivubo on Friday in what is arguably the league’s title decider, KCCA who have 51 points, can’t afford any more slip up after losing two in a row against lowly ranked sides in The Saints (1-2) and Simba (1-0).

KCCA assistant manager Badru Kaddu is aware of the importance of the game. “The two defeats are a real setback but that’s behind us now,” he told Kawowo Sports after the team’s last training session at Lugogo. “The mistakes that cost us have been rectified and if we the boys play according to instructions, no doubt we’ll come out on top,” he added.

The hosts are missing a number of players through injury with Herman Wasswa the latest causality as he joins Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Lawrence Kasadha, Timothy Awany and Godfrey Ssembatya in the sickbay.

Nevertheless, Kaddu is adamant the injuries won’t be of adverse effect. “They are key players but we have played without them for many games and won. We have able replacements.”

Joseph Ochaya, who netted an own goal in the team’s corresponding fixture last season is also confident of getting the crucial maximum points.

“It will be a tough game against a good side we have to show we are superior and that’s why we are topping the log.”

On the other hand, Vipers Coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe understands how crucial this game is to his side’s title chances.

“It’s a very a crucial game,” he said. “The target is maximum points to close the gap and with the preparations we have had, am optimistic we shall come out on top,” he added.

News coming out of the champions’ camp is good as concerned with injuries with all players fit except defender Musa Malunda who has a groin injury.

Player connections

William Wadri (Vipers) and Hakim Ssenkumba (KCCA) have an opportunity to face former bosses.

The former was deemed surplus to requirements at Lugogo at the end of last season while Senkumba crossed from SC Villa a couple of seasons ago having played for Vipers before.

How Teams Will Line up

KCCA’s Mike Mutebi is expected to maintain Benjamin Ochan in goal with skipper Sakka Mpiima, Habib Kavuma and Richard Ayiko playing in a back three complimented by skipper Denis Okot and Joseph Ochaya in wing back roles.

According to the team’s last training session, Ivan Ntege, Jackson Nunda, Paul Mucurezi and Muzamiru Mutyaba are expected in the middle of the pack as Derrick Nsibambi and Ceaser Okhuti lead the hunt for goals.

For Vipers, Ismail Watenga is expected to start in goal with skipper Nicholas Wadada, Dan Birikwalira, Halid Lwaliwa and Shafik Bakaki in defence.

Siraje Sentamu and Deus Bukenya are set to feature in the holding midfield role with Mike Mutyaba, Keziron Kizito, Brian Nkuubi and Erisa Ssekisambu completing the starting eleven.

How the teams performed last season

Vipers won the corresponding fixture 2-0 at Lugogo last season to set tone for winning the season’s championship.

Mike Mutyaba and an own Joseph Ochaya goal decided the tie in the visitors favour.

Statistics

  • Since the 2011/12 season, the teams have met seven times.
  • Each has won two games and drew the others
  • The previous seven meetings have seen a total of twenty (20) goals with KCCA netting 9 and conceding 11.

Probable Line ups:

KCCA: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Denis Okot (C), Richard Ayiko, Habib Kavuma, Sakka Mpiima, Joseph Ochaya, Ivan Ntege, Paul Mucurezi, Jackson Nunda, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Ceaser Okhuti and Derrick Nsibambi.

Vipers: Ismail Watenga (GK), Nicholas Wadada (C), Shafik Bakaki, Halid Lwaliwa, Dan Birikwalira, Deus Bukenya, Keziron Kizito, Mike Mutyaba, John Semazzi, Erisa Ssekisambu and William Wadri. 

The Previous League Meetings since 2011/12 season 

2015/16: Vipers 2-2 KCCA, KCCA ?-? Vipers?

2014/15: Vipers 2-2 KCCA, KCCA 0-2 Vipers

2012/13: Vipers 2-1 KCCA, KCCA 2-1

2011/12: Vipers 2-1 KCCA, KCCA 1-0

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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