Can Ssimbwa-less URA end Vipers’ run?

By Clive Kyazze

The last time Vipers SC tasted defeat in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League was November 28th, 2017 in Kitende and it was at the hands of URA.

The 2-1 defeat then has gone on to motivate the league holders to an impressive 30 game without defeat in the league.

Currently second on the 16 team log, Vipers will be aiming at closing the seven point gap between them and the table leaders KCCA FC.

Michael Nam has been in charge of two league games already winning one (Onduparaka 3-0) and drawing the other (Bright Stars 0-0).

His main focus coming into the tie will be to make sure Vipers keep their unbeaten in check especially against a side that would be very much interested in ending their run.

URA start life without Sam Ssimbwa who is serving a four match slapped on him by the FUFA Match Integrity Committee for allegedly uttering tribal comments after his side settled for a one all draw with Kirinya Jinja SSS.

as a coach Ssimbwa has never defeated Vipers, the eight meetings that date back to 2007, the best he has picked are five draws as Vipers have gone to pick three wins. The last meeting coming in 2014 while he was coaching SC Villa, that one ended in a one all draw.

The two teams have met 27 times, URA boasting of a better head to head, 11 wins, 10 draws and just five defeats, scoring a total of 33 goals and conceding just 25.

URA’s home record this season is not one to boast about, they have only won three in seven home ties drawn four many and lost once.

Vipers are not terrible travelers, they have won and drawn thrice, one of those wins coming at Namboole, a 3-1 win over SC Villa.

Both camps couldn’t be reached for a comment going into the tie that is supposed to have huge say in whose title winning chances are brighter amongst KCCA FC, Vipers and URA themselves.

It will be URA’s last game of the first round but the second last for Vipers who will face Mbarara City on Sunday in Kitende.

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