Vipers Vs Bright Stars: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

Match Week One

Friday, September 30
•Vipers Vs Bright Stars – 4pm (St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende)

Saturday, October 1
•Blacks Power Vs BUL – 2pm (Akibua Stadium, Lira)
•KCCA Vs Wakiso Giants – 4pm (Omondi Stadium, Lugogo)
•Maroons Vs Busoga United – 4pm (Luzira Prisons)
•UPDF Vs Express – 4pm (Bombo Military Grounds)
•URA Vs Onduparaka – 4pm (Nakisunga Ssaza, Mukono)

Sunday, October 2
•SC Villa Vs Gaddafi – 2pm (Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku)

Team News


  • Paul Mucureezi is available for selection after missing the CAF Champions League preliminary round ties against Bangui
  • Coach Robertinho back on the touchline as well having missed the Bangui game due to reported lack of qualifications.
  • Marvin Joseph Youngman missed the return leg against Bangui but set to face his former side
  • Couple of new signings including Lumala Abdu will be playing in the UPL for the first time.

Bright Stars

  • Bob Oluoch and Frank Kato are ineligible to face their parent club (loanees from Vipers)
  • Coach Asaph Mwebaze, Assistant Coach Simon Peter Mugerwa and Technical Director Ian Mutenda are in Njeru for CAF Coaching courses, and remains to be seen if they arrive on time for the game.
  • Tom Ssali has been with the team during the period
  • Some players may miss out due to licensing issues.

Probable Lineups:

Vipers – Alfred Macumu Mudekereza (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Isa Mubiru, Livingstone Mulondo, Murushid Juuko, Siraje Ssentamu, Marvin Youngman, Bright Anukani, Najib Yiga, Milton Karisa, Yunus Sentamu.

Bright Stars – Hassan Matovu, Brian Mato, Warren Buule, Fiat Cleophas, Simon Ssemayange, Andy Kyambadde, Yasin Mugume, Ibrahim Kasinde, Denis Kaka, Noordin Bunjo, Sam Ssenyonjo

The Summary: Uganda Premier League defending champions Vipers open the league season with a home game against Bright Stars at Kitende.

Vipers Seek To Set Pace

No Caesar Manzoki (last season’s top scorer), former Captain Halid Lwaliwa, Aziz Kayondo and Paul Willa, but Vipers are still strong favourites to run away with the league.

They have done good business in terms of acquisitions, with Lumala headlining the new additions.

The two full backs of Isa Mubiru and Ashraf Mandela, and centre back Murushid Juuko not to mention Congolese goalkeeper Alfred Macumu Mudekereza leave Vipers with a water tight defence.

Their biggest worry will be if Yunus Ssentamu carried his last season’s scoring boots into this new season, else, the other teams will be playing catch-up.

They start with a side they have beaten on almost all occasions, and two seasons back, they beat them 3-1 in an opener at Wankulukuku even with a red card.

Unlike their opponent, Vipers have played two Competitive games (Bangui home and away).

They beat Bright Stars 4-0 recently at Kitende with Yunus Ssentamu and Ibrahim Orit scoring a brace each.

Vipers will be facing Bright Stars but with their eyes and minds on the CAF Champions League second preliminary round first leg at home against TP Mazembe in a week-time.

They ended the season on a 19-game unbeaten run and will be hoping to start from where they stopped.

Vipers have a lot of quality in their depth to an extent that players like Cromwell Rwothomio, Dissan Galiwango, Ibrahim Orit, Abubakar Lawal and Hilary Mukundane may settle for places on the bench, not to mention their first choice goalkeeper last season Fabien Mutombora.

A win to get off the mark on Friday will set the tone for what promises to be another fruitful season at Kitende.

Asaph Mwebaze on the Wheel

Asaph Mwebaze was in July appointed as the new coach of Bright Stars on a three-year contract, then replacing Paul Kiwanuka.

On Friday, he will be making a return to the touchline since departing his job as head coach of Nyamityobora in 2019.

During that dry spell, he went to the United States before returning to form Astros Soccer Academy that trains at Legends every Saturday.

His credentials have never been in doubt given his 13-year fruitful spell at Maroons but struggled to make ends meet at Nyamityobora and Onduparaka.

“I got attracted to Bright Stars because they were building a team with Youths and I am so passionate with Young players so it’s the project that attracted me,” Coach Mwebaze told The-SportsNation.

“This club has a certain outlook; it’s based in Kawempe and has some good following among the locals there.”

“My target here is to build what other people have achieved here over a certain period of time. This team has been in the league for the last nine years and I want to maintain that status and as well push for upper places.

“I also want to improve the philosophy to see that they play in the way that is pleasant to the eye and also attract fans to come and watch.”

Starting away to the home of the defending champions, is not a fixture anyone can fancy especially for a new coach like Mwebaze.

But whatever the result, Mwebaze will need time and room to see that his philosophy is well grasped by this new looking team.

They lost 12 players including major pieces like Marvin Youngman who they will be facing on Friday at Vipers, goalkeeper Simon Tamale, Andrew Kaggwa, Joseph Janjali and Jungu Methodius among others.

Noordin Bunjo, Amis Muwonge and Sam Ssenyonjo are the major additions.

They have had a good preseason and managed to play a couple of friendlies including falling 4-0 to Vipers and 1-0 to KCCA.

Beating Vipers on Friday, a team they have never beaten before, is a big ask, but an upset in form of a draw can be within their reach.

The Stats

Head To Head:

  • Vipers won the last meeting 2-1 at Kitende; Halid Lwaliwa and Caesar Manzoki scored the goals for the hosts (both have left the club) while Ibrahim Kasinde was on target for the Visitors.
  • Bright Stars have never picked a win against Vipers in the league!
  • The Venoms have beaten Bright Stars home and away in the last two seasons.
  • This will be the 18th league meeting between the two sides; Vipers have won 10 and drawn 7, conceding just 8!


  • Finished as champions last season with 74 points
  • Beat Police 2-0 away to Lugogo in their league opener last season, and 5-0 against Wakiso Giants in their first at Kitende
  • At Kitende, they won 12, drew 2 and lost one game last season.

Bright Stars

  • Finished 11th with 36 points last season
  • Beaten 3-1 by Mbarara City at Kakyeka in their first league game last season
  • Picked only 12 points on the road last season, three wins and as many draws.

Head To Head
Vipers 2-1 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers SC

Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers
Vipers 2-0 Bright Stars

Vipers Vs Bright Stars (not played)
Bright Stars 1-3 Vipers

Vipers 3-0 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers

Vipers 3-2 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers

Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers
Vipers 1-1 Bright Stars

Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers
Vipers 1-0 Bright Stars

Bright Stars 0-0 Vipers
Vipers 0-0 Bright Stars

Vipers 0-0 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 0-1 Vipers



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