fahad bayo (9) of vipers during the Pilsner 8 final

All roads lead to the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo this Saturday afternoon when the defending champions KCCA FC host Vipers Sports Club in a highly-billed nail biting Uganda Premier League encounter.

Currently, Vipers are 14 points ahead of KCCA who have 4 games in hand. The Kasasiro boys are desperate to close in the gap between their title rivals after their elimination from continental football.

The corresponding fixture in Lugogo last season ended in a 1-1 draw after Brian Nkuubi’s first half opener was cancelled out by Mike Mutyaba’s second half leveler.

Key stats via the Vipers website

KCCA and Vipers will be meeting for the 29th time in the league history and the Venoms are slightly ahead with a victory more than the hosts having 11 wins, 7 draws and 10 losses out of the previous 28 meetings, a total of 35 goals against 38 have been registered in the process making it a -3 goal difference.

Vipers first ever victory over the Kasasiro boys was registered on September 28, 2008 in a 3-1 win at Nakivubo stadium after 6 fruitless attempts from our debut season in the top flight division, it was courtesy of a brace by Yudah Mugalu and one from Samson Ceasar Okhuti while Brian Umony scored KCCA’s consolation strike.

Vipers SC has lost only one league fixture out of the previous 10 meetings against KCCA, a 3-1 win during the 2017/18 first round tie at Lugogo when Shaban Muhammed netted a double on his debut and Derrick Nsibambi added the 3rd after Yayo Lutimba had equalised from the penalty mark, in that spell, the Venoms command four wins and five draws since the 2014/15 season.

Vipers are currently occupying top position on the league log with 33 points out of the 12 matches played while KCCA are languishing in 5th position 14 points behind the Venoms having garnered 19 points from 9 games.

Vipers secured a crucial 1-0 victory against visiting URA FC in the last fixture at Kitende through Dan Sserunkuma while KCCA FC overcame arch-rivals Express FC away in Wakiso with a resounding 3-1 win as Sadat Anaku, Mike Mutyaba plus an own goal by Muhammed Yiga did the damage.

KCCA FC gaffer Mike Mutebi has been on a winning side against Vipers in the league, on only one occasion losing 3 and drawing 4 out of the 8 meetings since he was appointed as the head coach hence will be looking for a second victory in 9 matches.

Both matches during last season ended in identical 1-1 draws to record only the second time in the teams history when none of them won against the other, the first one was during the 2015/16 season when a 2-2 draw at Buikwe was followed by a 0-0 stalemate in Lugogo.

 

StarTimes Uganda Premier League

Saturday, 16th November 2019

KCCA FC v Vipers SC

StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo – 3 pm