Despite having dominion over KCCA FC in the recent past, Vipers SC head coach Roberto Oliveira alias Robertinho forecasts sturdy resilience from the former in their Saturday Uganda Premier League meeting.
The Venoms have managed three victories in past seven meetings at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo including last season’s 2-1 win, but Robertinho feels Saturday’s challenge will be a lot more strenuous.
“We don’t expect one easy game, we just have to be ready for work and for the hardest work,” said the Brazilian via Vipers media.
“The quality they have and their coach is exceptional. It’s always a tough game. Our players know we have an incredible challenge tomorrow.”
Last season at Lugogo, the Kitende side came from one goal down through Cesar Manzoki and current skipper Milton Karisa, to all but seal the title.
This time round though, it’s just the second game for the Venoms and the third for the Kasasiro Boys, but the Brazilian feels the magnitude of the fixture comes with similar emotions.
“It’s a very, very difficult game – hopefully for both teams – because both teams will perform on a high level.”
“Its early in the season and so many things are different this season. Nothing is to compare with last season. Nothing is to compare with the season before,” added the 62-year old.
The two giants will be meeting for the 35th time in the league in history, and the guests have a slight advantage .
Vipers have garnered 14 wins, while KCCA have 11, with nine encounters ending in stalemates. .
At Lugogo since the 2012/13 campaign, there has been a total 10 league meetings, with four victories apiece and two draws.
Vipers’ Ibrahim Orit resumed training this week having suffered an injury against TP Mazembe a fortnight ago. It awaits to be seen if he will be available for selection.
The newly acquired duo of Garcia Mpongo Mbombo and Darcy Mabaka Kipoyi have been training since Tuesday, but this fixture could come too early for them.