Villa, Vipers renew acquaintances at Bombo

By Allan Damba

Fred Kajoba and his Vipers team will look to extend their imperious away form when they visit bitter foes SC Villa at Bombo on Saturday in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

The tie will provide another chance for the Kitende side to continue working towards their title defence. They are second on 50 points, one adrift of leaders URA SC.

The Venoms have four victories on the bounce on the road despite faltering at home. In the process, they have beaten UPDF FC, Kitara FC, Myda FC and most recently, KCCA FC.

They have as well racked up 12 goals and conceded just once. Their visit to Bombo tomorrow comes as a huge opportunity to extend that run. They last lost at Villa’s home in 2017.

Red-hot marksman Yunus Sentamu grabbed an important late equalizer for the Venoms on Wednesday as they looked destined to lose against leaders URA SC.

Had they lost, the Tax Collectors would be four points ahead. Sentamu was as well on the scoresheet in their first leg 3-0 win against Villa at Kitende. Dan Sserunkuma and Paul Willa got the other goals.

Meanwhile, the hosts are currently enduring a spell of abysmal results. They have gone eight successive league games without a win. They were beaten by Onduparaka FC in Arua 1-0 in the last one.

To put the Jogoos’ form to a bigger context: they only have seven wins this season. They have found the net just twice in their last five home league games and have as well-drawn four at home turf in succession.

With the games coming thick and fast, it remains to be seen whether Fred Kajoba will rotate his hugely wide and top-quality Vipers squad.

The likes of Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Livingstone Mulondo, Yunus Sentamu have been forced to play three games every week in the past month or so and could soon get caught up with fatigue.

Defender Bashir Asiku and striker Muhamad Shaban remain unavailable as they continue their internal disciplinary suspensions.

For head coach Edward Kaziba’s side, Ronald Ssekiganda, Goffin Oyirworth, Moses Kiggundu and Andrew Kiwanuka are still out with injuries. Emmanuel Wasswa and Kibirige Meddie will miss out as they are engaged with the Uganda Sand Cranes.

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