July 5, 2022

Stanbic Uganda Cup: Vipers leery of Mbarara’s threat

By Allan Damba
Vipers players and officials celebrate with the Uganda Cup trophy at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru / FUFA Image

Vipers SC is in pole position to make it to successive Stanbic Bank Uganda Cup finals when they host Mbarara City FC in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Tuesday at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

The reigning champions come into the game with a slim advantage having picked up a 2-1 win in the first leg at Kakyeka Stadium last week.

Paul Mucureezi and Milton Karisa scored for the Venoms while Seiri Arigumaho netted for the Ankole Lions.

However, Viper’s head coach Roberto Oliveira has cautioned his side about the danger posed by the visitors in the attack.

“Mbarara City is a strong team and that was seen with the way they played a week ago and the way they usually play whenever they play against Vipers,” he warned while speaking to the media on Monday.

The Brazilian nonetheless, reiterated his team’s focus and that the boys will give the game everything.

“We have been a consistent team throughout the season and as well, we hold the advantage after winning the game played last week.”

“We won this trophy last season and that motivates us more to do whatever we can to defend it.”

Meanwhile, his counterpart Sadiq Ssempigi expressed optimism toward Mbarara City’s chances of overturning the first-leg deficit.

“From the way we played in the first leg, I believe we were the better side even though we lost the game.”

“Our display on the pitch was impressive and it is the same spirit that we have carried with us ahead of tomorrow’s game.”

“Everyone is determined and we all believe that it is still very much possible to win this game and make it to the final,” concluded the optimistic tactician.

The last time Vipers hosted Mbarara was in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and the former defeated the latter 2-0 in April.

The winner on aggregate will face the victor in the other semifinal between BUL FC and Booma FC, where the Oil Manufacturers are holding a 5-1 advantage from the first leg played in Masindi.

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