Friday September 30, 2016

Vipers Vs KCCA – Nakivubo stadium @ 4pm

Abdallah Mubiru’s search for a first big win as Vipers boss will have added element of intrigue on Friday when side face KCCA – the club of his most impressive period in his coaching career.

The meeting comes only a month and two weeks since he lost to the same side 1-0 in the FUFA Super Cup at Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku.

Mubiru spent only six months as head coach at the Lugogo side but was a pillar behind the club’s two league triumphs (2012/13 & 2013/14) as an assistant to George ‘Best’ Nsimbe, who he reversed roles with at Vipers at the moment.

The former KCCA midfielder was relieved of his duties in June 2015 and replaced by Mike Mutebi who went on to guide the side to the eleventh championship.

Forward to this season, Mutebi’s charges have started brightly and lead the log with 18 points after losing just once in seven games.

This in contrast to Mubiru whose Vipers career is a start stop with just three wins as many as draws and a loss which puts them in third but a massive 6 points adrift of the champions.

“It’s not the start we targeted,” said Mubiru. “But we can’t lose our heads in that. The season is a marathon and all we need to do is work towards improving, correct our mistakes and then carry on,” he added.

The soft spoken tactician looks ahead to the clash against his former paymasters with a keen eye.

If we lose, it will be much difficult for us to catch up in the race so there is no two way about it, we have to beat them and trim the gap if we are to stay in contention.

Meanwhile, Morley Byekwaso, assistant to Mike Mutebi feels the confidence levels his boys have gained will be crucial in dispatching an equally good opponent.

“They are one of the best teams you will face in the league,” he said. “But we are boosting with confidence and hope we carry that on at Nakivubo on Friday,” he added.

Despite not divulging into details, Byekwaso promised they will unleash a more attacking minded side against the former champions.

We may only play one of them (Ivan Ntege and Isaac Kirabira) but that decision and how we plan to play will depend on many factors including weather.


Vipers are boosted by the return of promising centre back Halid Lwaliwa who missed the 1-0 win over Lweza through injury.

But they are still missing the services of anchorman Siraje Sentamu who was injured on match day one against Bright Stars.

Goalie Ismail Watenga and left back Dan Birikwalira were unused substitutes in the derby on Tuesday and it remains to be seen whether they will be recalled after James Alitho and Aggrey Madoi did well.

The visitors, KCCA have only one injury worry in Lawrence Kasadha besides long term injuries – Hassan Wasswa Dazo and Jackson Nunda who were not licensed by the club for at least the first round of the season.

Skipper Denis Okot was a substitute in the 3-1 win over Express but maybe recalled to the starting team for the duel against the two-time champions.

Players to Watch

Tonny Odur had a successful spell with KCCA and now aims the sword at his former bosses.

He is not your typical goal scorer but his hold up play, temperament and confidence to beat any man means the visitors’ rearguard will have to keep close check on him.

For KCCA, the man to look out for is none other than Robert Ssentongo – scorer of three times in two league games.

The combination of Lwaliwa and Bakaki will be fortunate to deny him a chance to miss on the score sheet.

What you didn’t know

  • Vipers have won five of the previous 10 league meetings, scoring 14 goals against KCCA’s 10. The Kasasiro have won just 2 while the rest are draws.
  • But KCCA have won the previous two meetings although in different competitions – 1-0 in the Uganda Cup and FUFA Super Cup.
  • Both of last season’s league encounters ended in stalemates – 2-2 at Buikwe and 0-0 at Nakivubo.
  • KCCA’s last win against Vipers came in 2014. They won 2-1 with Herman Wasswa and Derrick Nsibambi scoring the goals for the hosts at Lugogo.

The Previous 10 League Meetings

2011/12 season

25. 10.11: KCCA 0-1 Vipers & 14.04.12: Vipers 2-1 KCCA


26.10.12: Vipers 2-1 KCCA & 01.03.13: KCCA 1-0 Vipers


08.10:13: Vipers 2-1 KCCA & 15.04.14: KCCA 2-1 Vipers


21.04.14: Vipers 2-2 KCCA & 15.04.15: KCCA 02 Vipers


22.09.15: Vipers 2-2 KCCA & 29.04.16: KCCA 0-0 Vipers

Probable XI

KCCA (4.3.3)

Benjamin Ochan (GK), Denis Okot Oola (C), Joseph Ochaya, Timothy Awany, Habib Kavuma, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Paul Mucureezi, Robert Ssentongo, Vincent Kayizzi and Brian Majwega.

Vipers (4.3.3)

James Alitho (GK), Nicholas Wadada (C), Dan Birikwalira, Halid Lwaliwa, Shafik Bakaki, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Deus Bukenya, Kezironi Kizito, Erisa Ssekisambu, William Wadri  and Tonny Odur 

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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