By Allan Damba
A day into former head coach Fred Kajoba’s exit from his job, Vipers SC visit SC Villa on Wednesday for their second leg of the Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinals at Bombo Military Grounds.
Kajoba oversaw Vipers’ failure to grab a tie advantage as they drew 1-1 at St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday which happened to be his last outing with the club.
It was courtesy of Ronald Ssekiganda’s late equalizer that cancelled out midfielder Lawrence Tezikya’s 80th-minute strike.
Also the Uganda Cranes goalkeeping coach, Kajoba had endured a run of poor results at home turf, he was winless in the last six games; drawing on four occasions and losing twice.
This turn of events leaves his former assistant Paul Kiwanuka as the man to lead the Venoms from the technical area at Bombo.
The Kitende outfit needs any form of victory or a plus-two goal stalemate to move to the last four of the coveted domestic competition.
It is in a bid to win their second Uganda cup trophy, they won their only mug in 2016 after an entertaining 3-1 triumph over Onduparaka FC.
Villa on the other side have just temporarily overcome their own crisis: through the intervention of their fans including FUFA president Moses Magogo, the players managed to return to training following a sit-down strike due to unpaid 18-month arrears.
It remains to be seen if this upturn of events at Villa Park will provide the much needed motivation to progress to the semifinals.
The Jogoo have the second most winners medals on nine adrift of joint-record holders Express FC and KCCA FC who are on 10 apiece.
However, their last came six years back in a 3-0 beating of KCCA in 2015. A goalless draw or a win will have them extend their chances of equalling their two Kampala foes.
This season, the two sides have already faced each other thrice, Vipers have dominated their rivals, beating them on two occasions in the league.
After a week of rest and intense training, Vipers should have enough at their disposal from their deep and quality squad.
Dan Sserunkuma will stay on the sidelines through injury as is with Bashir Asiku and Muhamad Shaban who are both still out due to respective internal suspensions.
For head coach Edward Kaziba’s side, Ronald Ssekiganda returned from injury to score the vital away goal at Kitende. He should be the main target tomorrow.
Goffin Oyirworth and Benson Muhindo are still out through injuries and will not be ready for the contest.