SC Villa's Ambrose Kirya drives past Vipers' Hassan Wasswa. He will be key against URA on Tuesday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • Tuesday May 16, 2017
  • SC Villa Vs Vipers – Masaka Recreation Ground @ 4pm
[/media-credit] SC Villa’s Vitalis Tabu goes past Vipers’ Shafiq Bakaki at Nakivubo in the reverse fixture. The two are out of the game Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The title race may be over with the Uganda Premier League champions already known but both SC Villa and Vipers have all to fight for when they meet in their respective second last game of the season.

The two face off at Masaka Recreation Ground on Tuesday in a clash of second versus third with either seeking a decent finish to the campaign.

SC Villa coach Wasswa Bbosa has reiterated that his side are taking the game serious insisting they want to finish in a decent position.

“For us, it’s a game we are taking very serious,” Bbosa told Kawowo Sports. “Like every game this season, our target is to pick maximum points,” he added.

His counterpart, Portuguese Jorge Miguel Da Costa has always insisted that finishing second or third isn’t similar to finishing below and so expect a great fight from his charges as well.

Team News

[/media-credit] Emmanuel Okwi is out as he serves a ban Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The hosts are minus their leading marksman, Emmanuel Okwi who is suspended following the red at Soana.

He joins fellow striker, Alex Kitaata (AWOL), Vitalis Tabu, Ambrose Kirya and Paul Mbowa who are all injured.

The visitors make the trip without midfield gems, Moses Waiswa and Keziron Kizito plus defender Shafik Bakaki who are all in the sickbay.

The coach has also left out striker Musa Esenu and left back Aggrey Madoi but Dan Birikwalira makes the squad despite early fears.

Players to Watch

[/media-credit] Taddeo Lwanga Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Taddeo Lwanga (SC Villa) – Arguably the Jogoos’ best player this season will again be the man tasked with orchestrating play for the home side.

His heroics won the first leg when he scored and also won a last gasp minute penalty and will be key in the middle of the pack on Tuesday.

[/media-credit] Tony Odur

Tony Odur (Vipers) – The centre forward has discovered his goal scoring form and has now scored in four of the previous league games for the club.

His form has coincided with the Venoms resurgence and will be vital if the two-time champions are to leave Masaka with a smile.

Statistics

  • SC Villa have only won once against Vipers in the previous 13 meetings, lost 6 and drew 7.
  • SC Villa last and only double league double over Vipers was in 2006. They won 4-0 and 2-0 respectively in the campaign
  • The hosts have won just once in their previous five league games whilst Vipers have won four of the previous same number.

Probable Line ups

SC Villa: Samson Kirya (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Henry Katongole, John Adriko, Taddeo Lwanga (C), Abel Eturude, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Umar Kasumba, Martin Kizza and Mike Ndera.

Vipers: Ismail Watenga (GK), Nicholas Wadada (C), Dan Birikwalira, Geoffrey Wasswa, Halid Lwaliwa, Deus Bukenya, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Brian Nkuubi, Erisa Ssekisambu, Aziz Kemba and Tony Odur.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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