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Yunus Sentamu out as Vipers host tormentors URA

In their previous seven meetings, URA have an edge over their hosts winning thrice, drawn 3 and only lost once to Vipers SC.

David GOMBE

Vipers SC will be seeking to maintain their perfect home record this term as they host their tormentors URA FC at the St.Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

The Venoms have won both of the games they have hosted this term (5-0 win over Wakiso Giants and a 1-0 victory against Onduparaka FC).

For the tax collectors, this will be only their second game on the road this season, they lost to newbies Arua Hill 3-2 in their first away game.

Vipers are currently second on the log with 13 points in five games while URA FC have 7 points in their opening four games.

In their previous seven meetings, URA have an edge over their hosts winning thrice, drawn 3 and only lost once to Vipers SC.

Last season, the two sides played out to a 1-1 stalemate at Kitende with URA FC beating Vipers 2-1 in Ndejje.

The Venoms beat Mbarara City 2-1 in their previous games while URA are fresh from humbling Tooro United 6-1.

Team news

Vipers

The hosts will miss their talisman Yunus Sentamu through injury. The forward has scored four goals this season but was forced off in the win at Mbarara.

Yunus Sentamu will miss the game against URA FC

The rest of the squad is available for selection.

URA FC

Left back Ndahiro is out of this contest due to injury.

Custodian James Alitho is likely to face his former paymasters if selected.

What the coaches say

Marcelo Cardoso

“We are going to do everything it takes to win the game, the players know what to do and we are aiming at three points. The motivation is very high and we are only concentrating on the game.”

Simeon Masaba

“Vipers is a good team. They are n form and have a good squad but I have prepared my players to go fight for a win tomorrow so that we get maximum points.”

Key players

Vipers

Congolese forward Ceasor Manzoki is expected to lift up the Venoms. The striker has so far scored three goals this season.

Bright Anukani and Airtel FUFA Male player of the year nominee Bobosi Byaruhanga are expected to have a major impact on the game.

URA FC

Current top scorer Steven Mukwala with five goals this season will be facing his former side and is expected to light up their attack.

Leading scorer Steven Mukwala (Photo by URA media)

The tax collectors will also have their hopes in skipper Shafiq Kagimu who has always tormented Vipers.

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