Tito Okello celebrates his controversial equaliser against Express at Wankulukuku [Photo: John Batanudde] Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
Vipers will use this as a perfect warm up for Saturday’s return leg against Algeria’s CS Constantine at the St Mary’s Stadium as well as playing catch up to run away leaders, Kampala Capital City Authority (27 points from 12 matches).
  • Uganda Premier League | Wednesday, 19 December 2018
  • BUL Vs Vipers – FUFA Technical Center, Njeru (4:00 P.M)

It is third against sixth as the Uganda Premier League returns in a rare Wednesday fixture when Vipers visit BUL at the FUFA Technical Center.

Vipers Sports Club is currently third on the 16 team log with 21 points from 9 matches as BUL sits 6th (having accumulated 19 points).

It is one game that will serve different purposes for the two clubs in action.

Vipers will use this as a perfect warm up for Saturday’s return leg against Algeria’s CS Constantine at St Mary’s Stadium (Ugandan side lost 1-0 from first leg last Friday in Algers).

The side will also be playing catch up in the domestic league to leaders, KCCA who have accumulated 27 points from 12 matches.

On other hand, maximum points for BUL will see the Jinja based side displace Vipers from third place.

Talking Points

Peter Onen, head coach at BUL Football Club
Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

BUL is coached by Uganda U-17 head coach Peter Onen, a tactician knowledgeable with game preparations as well as tactical awareness during the progress of the game.

Mexican Javier Martinez Espinoza, the Uganda Premier League coach of October 2018 is at the helm of Vipers.

Javier Martinez Espinoza, head coach at Vipers Sports Club Credit: © JOHN BATANUDDE

The two coaches will plan a great deal for this crucial fixture that comes at an opportune moment in time when the rest of the clubs shall not be in action.

Wasswa, Lwanga return

Vipers’ duo of team captain Tadeo Lwanga and utility player Geofrey Wasswa return to the team fold after missing the trip to Algeria because of suspension.

Geoffrey Wasswa returns to boost the Vipers’ side Credit: © JOHN BATANUDDE

As the technical team plots for the Saturday game, the two players are therefore expected to be granted that crucial game time.

The fitness of two goalkeepers Fabien Mutombora and Bashir Ssekagya remains a mystery following injuries.

It goes without a saying therefore that Derrick Ochan who replaced Ssekagya will command the starting slot against BUL at the FUFA Technical Center.

Defender Livingstone Mulondo returns to the Eastern part of the country to face a Jinja club since his transfer from Kirinya-Jinja S.S last during the off season.

He is expected to partner with either Wasswa or Halid Lwaliwa with Ibrahim Kiyemba deployed on the right and Yayo Kato Lutimba on the left back.

Lwanga, Brian Nkuubi, Duncan Sseninde, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Moses Waiswa, and Tom Masiko are all midfield options.

Abraham Ndugwa is joined by Tito Okello and Daniel ‘Muzeyi’ Sserunkuma  to celebrate a goal

The attack line that has managed 14 goals in 9 matches has Tito Okello, Daniel Sserunkuma and Abraham Ndugwa, Noah Wafula, Joseph Janjali and Davis Kasirye.

Enter the BUL Football Club team. Fresh from rallying from two goals down to share points with nemesis Kirinya-Jinja S.S, BUL has the pedigree and will power to pull off a decent result against Vipers.

BUL players celebrate an away goal against Maroons. BUL won 2-1 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Bow-legged goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo is expected tomaintain his slot between the goal posts ahead of Paul Mujampwani.

Farouk Banga, captain Abdul Mayanja, Willis Otong and either Faizal Muledu or Richard Matovu will play at the back.

Former Vipers’ holding midfielder Patrick Ssembuya, Yunus Sibira, Daniel Shabena lanky player Joshua Lubwama and James Otim will provide Peter Onen with the options in central midfield.

BUL XI vs Tooro United at Njeru. BUL lost 1-0 at home

The quest for goals will be led by former Paidha Black Angels and URA center forward Villa Oromchan alongside Deogracious Ojok, Hamis Tibita, Jean Pierre Kambale Muhindo, Richard Wandyaka and Douglas Owori.

The game will kick off at 4 PM.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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