Vipers SC will be making a short trip on Saturday to Lugogo to take on rivals, KCCA FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium in the Uganda Premier League.
This will be just our second game in the league this season, after our successful exploits in the CAF Champions League that had us qualify to the group stages.
However, Vipers SC head coach Roberto Oliveira alias Robertinho envisages a tough outing against one of the contenders for the title.
“We don’t expect one easy game. We just have to be ready for work and for the hardest work,” said the Brazilian.
“The quality they have and their coach is exceptional. It’s always a tough game. Our players know we have an incredible challenge.”
“It’s a very, very difficult game – hopefully for both teams – because both teams will perform on a high level.”
“That early in the season and so many things are different this season. Nothing is to compare with last season. Nothing is to compare with the season before.”
The Venoms managed a 2-1 victory last season at Lugogo. Cesar Manzoki’s header levelled matters, before Milton Karisa sealed the win.
And, Robertinho anticipates a different game with a tougher challenge despite it coming early in the season.
KCCA and Vipers will be meeting for the 35th time in the league history, and the Venoms have the edge over the former.
Vipers have a victory more than Saturday’s hosts, having garnered 14 wins, nine draws and 11 losses. A total of 42 goals against 43 have been registered in the process.
Siraje Ssentamu has made very good progress since sustaining a hamstring injury at Stade TP Mazembe last Saturday. The combative midfielder will continue his rehabilitation over the next week.
Ibrahim Orit missed Saturday’s match against TP Mazembe after sustaining a strain to the shoulder. He’s not available for Saturday’s match. He will continue to be assessed and rehabilitate the injury with the medical team over the next few days.
Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye is back after contracting malaria last week and his available for tomorrow’s encounter.