By Allan Damba
St Mary’s Stadium Kitende will witness the first of the two-legged tie between Vipers SC and rivals SC Villa in the last eight of the Stanbic Uganda Cup on Tuesday.
The two clubs look at the domestic tournament as an opportunity for glory this season. Vipers will be hosts and will hope to take a huge advantage ahead of the Wednesday, June 2, second leg in Bombo.
Fred Kajoba’s side has only won the cup once in 2016, but they reached the final in 2018 where they lost to rivals KCCA FC.
Villa on the other hand has triumphed on nine occasions. They are only second to joint-record winners Express FC and KCCA FC who won the Uganda Cup 10 times.
Vipers eliminated Army side UPDF FC 4-2 on aggregate at the last 16, while Edward Kaziba’s side were 1-0 winners over Onduparaka FC.
This season, the Venoms have dominated their rivals beating them twice in as many matches in the Uganda premier league. They trumped them 3-0 at Kitende and 3-1 in Bombo.
This recent dominance leaves Vipers as favourites over Villa who have had an abysmal season in the league where they lie eighth on the table.
Vipers welcomed back youngsters Bobosi Byaruhanga and Karim Watambala in their last match against Bright Stars. They should be available for contention tomorrow.
Milton Karisa is doubtful through injury. Goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora was forced to the bench in favour of Bashir Ssekagya against Bright Stars after enduring a run of poor form and it remains unclear who will be between the posts.
For Villa, Ronald Ssekiganda, Goffin Oyirworth and Benson Muhindo are still out through respective injuries and will not feature.