Tuesday, October 29
*Kyetume FC Vs Vipers – 4PM
Kyetume – Vipers encounter to go on at Namboole despite earlier concerns of the Stadium’s poor state.
The two on-form sides are set to be greeted by a playing surface not befitting a league status, and on top of that, it’s a TV game!
The stadium held two successive Masaza Cup games on Saturday – loser’s match and final – which further left the pitch in worrying state.
The recent rain has surely taken it’s toll on the normally admired Namboole surface and the tussling Masaza cup games worsened the situation. The expected hours of thundering challenges between Kyetume and Vipers are expected to pose further damage to the pitch which is set to house Uganda Cranes’ game against Malawi in less than a month time.
On Sunday’s Masaza cup games, the risk assessment was surely under grade one – high risk – pitch was clearly unsafe for play and matches should have been called off.
There were clear water pools as players tussled through the mad and it surely caused players many problems with passing, running and grip.
Did UPL Overrule Namboole Management?
In a letter seen by this website, dated October 28, Namboole’s stadium manager Jamil Ssewanyana, asked the Namboole groundshare clubs/tenants (SC Villa, Kyetume and URA) to temporarily look elsewhere for a period of two weeks begining on October 28.
The directive indirectly meant that the league fixture between Kyetume Vs Vipers had to be played anywhere beside Namboole.
“The Stadium Management has today embarked on refurbishment of the pitch. It will therefore be rested for two weeks effective October 29, 2019. We therefore advise you to find an alternative pitch for your league matches,” read the letter in part.
UPL, a body mandated to run the league, insisted and confirmed in their letter released to the press on Monday evening that the match – Kyetume Vs Vipers – will be played at Namboole as earlier scheduled.
Vipers Seek To Extend Lead Atop
The Venoms, top of the log with 21 points, will be targeting maximum points against the newly promoted slaughters who sit seventh with 13 wins.
Vipers are yet to loose a league game this season. They are unbeaten after nine games, winning six games and three draws.
Edward Golola will be looking to bounce back after a draw away to Onduparaka but will be without Frank Zaga Tumwesigye. However, Dan Mzee Sserunkuma, Rahmat Ssenfuka and Innocent Wafula are all in contention to play after missing out against Onduparaka.
Target man Fahad Bayo, tricky Allan Kayiwa, industrious Siraje Ssentamu and dependable Halid Lwaliwa are expected to be the Venoms’ pillars against George Best Nsimbe’s side that has won their last two games.
Kyetume FC beat Bright Stars at Wankulukuku before edging Proline FC and will be banking on that momentum to stun the log leaders.