By: Swaibu Luyombya
Pacesetters Vipers will be seeking to maintain their perfect run when they welcome Police
at St. Mary’s stadium kitende.
The Kitende outfit is currently at the summit with 55 points accumulated in 26 games whereas the cops are 8th on the AUPL table standings with 35 points.
Vipers come in this fixture following an inspiring 3-1 victory away to Proline in their previous game at StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.
Police on the other hand edged Soana 1-0 at Mandela National stadium, Namboole in their last fixture.
Vipers SC : W W W W D
Police : W L L L W
Vipers last tasted defeat in December last year to URA FC and they remain the only unbeaten side in the league this year.
The last 25 meetings between the two sides see Viper with an edge over their opponents. With the Kitende based side winning 10, drawing 8 and losing 7 against their opponents. Police edged Vipers 2-1 in the first round encounter at Namboole this season.
Vipers assistant coach Edward Golola told the club website that his side need 4 wins in the remaining games to be crowned AUPL champions.
“We have 4 matches left, we need 12 points, until we get these points, it’s not yet over.
Golola also warned his side against any complacent tendencies and called for respect from his side to the visitors.
” Police is a good side amidst the problems at the club, but we have to put out a statement going into the final bend. There are must games and points to pick up. We want to keep up the momentum.”
Golola will again be in the dugout as head coach Miguel Da Costa serves his final game of suspension.
Abdallah Mubiru the Police head coach will be facing his former employers without Aggrey Madoi who is on loan from Vipers and the duo of Basani Saafi through injury while Albert Mugisha still doing exams. The rest of the squad is fully fit for the contest.
The home side has no injury worries heading in this encounter. They will heavily rely their sparkling trio of Dan Sserunkuma, Erisa Sekisambu and Milton Karisa who returns to the squad after serving his one match suspension against Proline. The cops wil bank on Norman Ojik and Pius Kaggwa to lift up the Namboole based side
Victory for Vipers will see them edging closer to coronation and they will take them 5 points clear over second placed Villa. Whereas a win for the cops will propel them to 6th position leapfrogging current occupants BUL FC.