Saturday 12th February
URA FC vs Gaddafi – Arena of visions Ndejje
BUL FC vs Wakiso Giants – Kyabazinga stadium Bugembe
Vipers vs Arua Hill – St Mary’s stadium kitende
Onduparaka vs Busoga United – Green light stadium Arua
Vipers will miss midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga who is still side-lined due to injury.
Goalkeeper Dennis Kiggundu is also ruled out with a knee injury.
Arua Hill have got a fully fit squad up for selection as they travel to kitende.
Ibrahim Tembo, Rashid Toha and Alfred Leku will turn their guns against former pay masters.
Fabian Mutombola (GK), Paul Wiila, Disan Galiwango, Halid Lwaliwa, Livingstone Mulondo, Siraje Ssentamu, Najib Yiga, Bright Anukani, Milton Kariisa, Yunus Ssentamu, Ceaser Manzoki.
Arua Hill XI
Richard Anyama (GK), Atendele Geriga, Richard Matovu, Bright Vuni, Rashid Toha, Faizul Ibrahim, David Ndihabwe, Gadafi Wahab, Samuel Ssekamatte, Robert Eseru, Alfred Leku.
Preview: Vipers seek to maintain top of the table grip in pay back time.
Vipers will be aiming for revenge against Arua Hills as they target to maintain their top of the table lead with a win at home.
Vipers assistant coach Marcelo Cardoso has expressed the teams readiness and preparations ahead of the tie.
“We already faced Arua Hills in the first round. So, we know what they’re capable of. But we have dedicated alot of work & prepared well” said Assistant Coach Marcelo Cardoso
He went on to condemn the loss as a tough which they could imagine picking in Arua after what they had put up on the pitch.
“Obviously it was a really tough one to swallow. The way it happened, it was really cruel. After everything we did in the start to the game in Arua, to lose the way we did was unacceptable. But we moved on. We have some feelings towards that team and we want to put it right tomorrow.” explained the Portuguese tactician.
Vipers SC lost the first tie 1-0 away at the Barifa stadium in Arua by a goal scored by their former player Alfred Leku.
The kongolos assistant coach Olima Ahmad has dubbed the dwell as a big one and they have made enough preparations as they expect positive results.
“It is a big one, Vipers SC is a giant team, one of the biggest in the country, I think it is going to be a tough game. In the week we have been working hard, the players have worked so hard, I think they are ready for the task.” Coach Olima Ahmad Borini
Arua Hill will have to capitalize on their 2022 form if they are to collect a point against table leaders Vipers. They are yet to lose a game ever since the turn of the year.
They have played three games won twice against Vipers and Police FC with a draw coming against Police at Lugogo.
The Venoms sit top of the UPL table with 36 points from 16 games and are the highest scoring team in the league netting a total number of 37 goals which shows their sharpness in front of goal.
The kongolos are enjoying their best moments in the league where by they sit 5th on the log with 28 points from 16games played.
Head to Head
Arua Hill 1-0 Vipers