Saturday, December 11
•Busoga United Vs Vipers – Njeru
•Mbarara City Vs Onduparaka – Kakyeka
•URA FC Vs Express – Ndejje
•Wakiso Giants Vs UPDF FC – Wakissha
- Busoga United goalkeeper Andrew Ssekandi remains ruled out after picking a knock in the warm up against BUL
- Rashid Mpata is nursing a shoulder injury while Junior Mukisa, Stephen Okello and Nicholas Mwere are still sidelined
- Vipers will be without Milton Karisa who picked his third yellow card (hence suspension) in the added minutes against KCCA at Kitende
- Yunus Sentamu is back and scored in a 6-1 friendly win against Mpigi United at Kitende while Richard Basangwa, Lawrence Tezikya and Umar Kyebatala are long term absentees
*Busoga United – Michael Nantamu, Hassan Kintu, Peter Onzima, Isaac Waigona, Derrick Basoga, Douglas Bithum, Elvis Ngonde, Daniel Ekoyu, Anthony Mayanja, Ntege Anwar, Paul Ssekulima
*Vipers SC – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Livingston Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Sentamu, Paul Mucureezi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Caesar Manzoki, Bright Anukani, Allan Kayiwa
Preview: Vipers Seek To Close Gap Atop
Vipers will be going for maximum points when they visit Busoga United on match-day 10 of the Uganda Premier League at Njeru.
The Venoms start the day in third place and nine points adrift of leaders KCCA FC who beat Police on Friday to move to 26 points.
They had a chance to halt KCCA FC’s unbeaten run last time out at Kitende but the match ended 2-2 and Vipers will feel they earned that point after needing a late Bobosi Byaruhanga strike to deny KCCA maximum points.
Now pressure is on the Venoms to deliver against a struggling Busoga United who are desperate to return to winning ways.
Coach Roberto Oliveira expressed concern ahead of the trip to Njeru saying that teams are now aware of their playing style.
Oliveira however stated that they want to play “nice football, play very well with the ball, overlapping, great combination and reduce space between defence and midfield and attack” which will help them get a good result.
Busoga United find themselves a place above the relegation zone and are on a three-game losing streak.
Now is not the right time for Busoga United to face a title contender but any positive result they can pick against Vipers will be a good motivation ahead of future games that include wounded Police, SC Villa and Expess in that order.
Busoga United’s only win against Vipers came in April 2017 when Anthony Mayanja scored the only goal at Kakindu.
Last season, Vipers beat Busoga United home and away in the league, and the same in Uganda Cup!
Head to Head
*Vipers 4-0 Busoga United
*Busoga United 3-5 Vipers
*Vipers Vs Busoga United (not played)
*Busoga United 0-1 Vipers
*Vipers 1-0 Busoga United
*Busoga United 2-2 Vipers
*Busoga United 1-1 Vipers
*Vipers 2-0 Busoga United
*Busoga United 1-0 Vipers
*Vipers 1-0 Busoga United