Vipers players look stunned after a deafening defeat. They were never crowned for winning the 2019/20 championship Credit: John Batanudde
  • Wednesday March 2021
  • St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende 4pm

After losing top spot on the previous match day, Vipers host nemesis SC Villa eager to make amends at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende on Wednesday.

The Venoms were beaten 1-0 at Mbarara and are aware that dropping points against the Jogoos could see them lose ground in a tight title race so far.

Watambala in action against Sports Club Villa at Namboole Stadium

Currently second on the standings, the champions come into the game third on the log as any result from Tuesday’s clash between Police and URA will displace them.

Edward Kaziba’s side drew 2-2 with Police at Bombo in the last game and wants to pick all points that will keep him in the title race as well despite sitting 6th on the log with 19 points, a whopping nine behind current leaders Express FC.

Paul “Kiwa” Kiwanuka (right) greets SC Villa head coach Edward Kaziba after a league match at Namboole

Key Players

Vipers will hope Paul Mucureezi and Yunus Sentamu produces the goods after being kept silent at Kakyeeka with Halid Lwaliwa commanding from the back.

The visitors havent had a consistent goal scorers but with Isaac Ogwang, Ronald Ssekiganda, Nicholas Kabonge and the midfield pairing of Amir Kakomo and Emmanuel Wasswa, they have a team that can cause Vipers problems in their own back yard.

Yunus Sentamu (12) and Paul Mucureezi Credit: John Batanudde

Team News

Disan Galiwango is back after missing the game in Mbarara due to accumulated yellow cards.

U-20 internationals Bobosi Byaruhanga, Najib Yiga, Aziz Kayondo and Richard Basangwa are back but the game could be too early for them to be involved.

Disan Galiwango Credit: John Batanudde

SC Villa have Moses Kiggundu and Derrick Ndahiro back from suspension but skipper Asuman Harishe still has a one match ban remaining.

Key Stats

Vipers are yet to drop any points at home – the only team to have a clean home slate in the division so far.

However, they have managed only two wins against SC Villa in their previous home games, losing three and drawing the rest.

SC Villa players celebrate one of their goals at Kitende last season

Villa could become the first away side to win three games in succession against Vipers at Kitende.

Overall, the last 16 meetings between the two sides have produced six wins for Vipers, four for SC Villa and the rest stalemates.

Vipers’ last league victory over Villa came in 2018 – Tom Masiko scoring the winning goal.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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