UPDF's Denis Mwemezi closes down Isa Mubiru at the St Mary's Stadium, Kitende during a UPL duel

Uganda Cup 2021 (Round of 16):

  • Return Leg: Vipers Vs UPDF – Monday, 3rd May 2021
  • At St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende (3:30 PM)

*Aggregate: Vipers leads 3-1

By close of business on Monday, 3rd May 2021, the first quarter finalist of the 47th edition in the Stanbic Uganda Cup will be determined.

This will be after the return leg of the Vipers versus Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) at the round of 16 stage.

The first leg played at the Military Barracks Stadium in Bombo on Saturday (1st May 2021) witnessed a 3-1 win for Vipers, the visitors on the day.

The Venoms, under Fred Kajoba Kisitu as head coach rallied from a goal down in the opening stages of the game through Brian Kayanja’s header to win the game with a two goal’s margin.

Vipers’ goals were an own strike by defender Joseph Bright Vuni, Ibrahim Orit (after a goal melee) and a great diving header by Congolese important Ceaser Manzoki who connected past goalkeeper Eric Kibowa off Abrahim Ndugwa’s telling delivery.

Action between Brian Kayanja and Disan Galiwango during the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 16 at Bombo on 1st May 2021. (Credit: Vipers SC Media)

The return leg at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende will not be a mere walk in the park.

Resistance, spirited display and resilience is anticipated from the visitors given the fact that at stake is a berth in the quarter finals.

UPDF needs a 2-0 win to qualify and any draw or clear cut victory will see Vipers through.

The army side left back Isa Mubiru, Dickens Okwir, Davis Kasirye and goalkeeper Eric Kibowa all return to the Kitende footballing hill where they served diligent for St Mary’s SS or Vipers.

Ibrahim Thembo and Brian Kalumba are cup tied since they are on loan from Vipers.

Vuni, captain Denis Ssekitoleko, James Begisa and Benard Muwanga are all available at the back with the midfield of Ruben Kabuye, Ibrahim Wammanah, Seif Batte, Charles Ssebutinde, Ezikiel Katende all ready to serve Kayanja, Kasirye and Musa Eseru with head coach Kefa Kisala and his assistant Pius Ngabo in the lavish dug-out.

UPDF vs Vipers during the first leg at the round of 16. Vipers won 3-1 in Bombo (Credit: Vipers SC Media)

Okwir is 50-50 as he recovers from a head injury whilst Simon Mbaziira is sidelined with a knee ligament ailment.

Vipers is buoyed by a big squad that has Burundian goalkeeper Fabian Mutombora and his understudies Bashir Ssekagya and Derrick Kiggundu.

Livingstone Mulondo, Joseph Dhata, Disan Galiwango, Azizi Kayondo, youngster Jacob Okoa and captain Halid Lwaliwa are all available defenders.

It is a compact midfield with selections available as Bobosi Byaruhanga, Karim Watambala, Abraham Ndugwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Jamil Kalisa, Ibrahim Orit, Paul Mucureezi and Allan Kayiwa.

These will be expected to feed the natural forwards on the team as Yunus Ssentamu, Ceaser Manzoki, Lawrence Tezikya, Milton Karisa and Daniel Muzeei Sserunkuma.

Young defender Ahmed Amayo and Richard Basangwa are side-lined with different ailments.

Vipers will use this game as a precursor for their next league engagement away to rivals, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Sunday, 9th May 2021.

Kick off for the Vipers – UPDF contest is at 3: 30 pm.

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

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