Meetings between Vipers SC and KCCA FC have over the recent past squeezed their way past history, into being arguably the biggest in the country not only on the pitch but also in the stands and in the public space.
The two have scooped nine of the ten Uganda Premier League titles in the past decade, with the Kasasiro Boys managing five to the Venoms’ four.
And, that always gets fans talking especially when a meeting between the two is around the corner, and it is not any different ahead of Vipers visit to Lugogo this Saturday.
“Given the expectations and direction the two institutions have given the game of football in the country, definitely this turns out to be the biggest fixture at the moment,” Juma Arafat, an ardent KCCA fan highlights while speaking to Football256.
“I’m convinced Vipers has everything it takes to win at Lugogo,” feels Ronald Kawuki, alias Macheda, a staunch Venom.
Outspoken Vipers fan, Trevor Mark Lutwama observes: “Vipers has an upper hand on Saturday because, judging by players available for selection, we are far better than KCCA,”
KCCA’s recruitment in the summer had their faithful believing this could just be their season, having finished runners-up to their opponent, by a whopping 18 points.
“If the team is selected well and the chosen 11 play for the badge, then KCCA will win on Saturday,” KCCA FC fans vice president Sophie Najjemba alias Sona, noted.
“Going player by player, I do believe KCCA carries all the necessary tools to uphold a fight against the Venoms,” reiterates Arafat.
That said, Vipers were as well huge spenders in the transfer, but are also fresh from securing their first-ever CAF Champions League group stages, and look the more confident side.
“Vipers’ ambitions and goals for the past two seasons and this new one are way up above what other clubs, especially looking at the transfer business,” Macheda asserts.
The fixture comes early in the season but its results are far-reaching, as they stretch towards superior bragging rights.
Each team will need every support to mount a victory on the artificial turf in what already points at a famous Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to seeing KCCA fans on duty,” Sona calls out, while Arafat wants victory for the hosts for pride.
“Besides it being too early to call for title contender-ship, it turns out more of a fight for bragging rights.”
Meanwhile, Lutwama expects a huge crowd that’s fully behind their respective team: “I’m looking forward to seeing a high turnup come Saturday, as supporters will want to cheer their team.”
Less than three days away, indicators are pointing at a pulsating encounter at Lugogo, despite it having a lesser impact at this point.