Vipers SC defender Murushid Juuko has expressed optimism ahead of his side’s bout with UPDF FC at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Friday.
For the Kitende side, the meeting comes off the back of two 1-0 narrow victories against both Blacks Power FC and Arua Hill SC, and it has seen them rise to sixth with 11 points after six matches.
They take on a side that has lost each of their last three matches to KCCA FC (1-0), Arua Hill (3-0), and Wakiso Giants (1-0), and occupy 13th on the 15-team log, with five points.
“We are ready for everything, we have to deliver three points to the fans,” stated Juuko to the Vipers media, following his return from an injury layoff.
Victory for the hosts will take them to 14 points, and they will be joint leaders with at least three other sides including BUL FC, Wakiso Giants, and Express FC.
“Despite the number of injuries in the team, we don’t have tight pressure and all focus is on getting a positive result tomorrow. The coach has (Roberto Oliveira) been clear on how to go past our opponents,” added Juuko.
The Venoms have played four games in two weeks in November, and have three more left to close the month, and the former Uganda Cranes defender concedes the schedule has affected the team.
“It’s a tough schedule for us, but we’re following closely the coaches’ rest and recovery guidelines such that we can cope well.”
The five-time champions haven’t lost a competitive match against tomorrow’s visitors, and in the previous ten meetings, the former have managed six victories and four stalemates.
Vipers won 7-2 at Kitende last season, courtesy of Cesar Manzoki’s brace, and a goal each from Yunus Sentamu, Bright Anukani, Emmanuel Munoobi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, and Milton Karisa.
Ashraf Mandela, who suffered a head injury against Arua Hill, will not return in time to face tomorrow’s opponents, according to the club website.
Long-term absentees, Abdu Lumala, Paul Mucureezi, and Livingstone Mulondo will continue to stay on the sidelines through respective injury setbacks.