Saturday February 17, 2018
- Vipers vs Police – St. Mary’s Kitende 4pm
Vipers SC will attempt to book their place in the round of 16 of the Stanbic Uganda Cup when they face Police FC in the round of 32 on Saturday.
The Venoms come into the game having suffered back to back disappointing league defeats to Police and will be keen on revenge against Abdallah Mubiru’s side.
Vipers have lost once against the Cops this season, enduring a 2-1 defeat at Namboole in October that ended their unbeaten league run.
Taddeo Lwanga, the Vipers assistant captain believes wins over Onduparaka and Soana in the league have brought belief and will be key against a Police FC side that deserves respect.
“Police FC are a fantastic team and we are looking forward to the challenge,” he told the club’s official website. “We respect Police FC but we have plenty of belief. It will be tough on Saturday but hopefully we can get the job done,” he added.
Mubiru, the former Vipers SC Coach takes a side to Kitende low on confidence after winning once in the previous five games in all competitions but is adamant the boys will show up on the day.
“It’s a team we respect but we don’t fear them,” he said of his former bosses. “We can’t hide the fact that we want to win the competition but to do so, you have to go past each round and that’s what we shall fight to do,” he added.
Dan Birikwalira, Brian Nkuubi, Halid Lwaliwa and Baden Mujahid are all out of the Vipers squad due to injuries but the rest are fit and available for selection.
The Cops are without left back Aggrey Madoi, on loan from Vipers as well as Pius Kagwa who is cup-tied.
But they have midfielders Ruben Kimera and Juma Balinya back after missing 2-0 league defeat to Kirinya Jinja SS.
Vipers haven’t beaten Police in the previous 3 meetings – 2 losses in the league and a draw in a friendly.
Last season, Vipers was eliminated from this competition at the quarter finals by Paidha Black Angels just like Cops fell at the hands of KCCA at home.