Pre-season Build Up Match
Wednensday 29th August 2018
Mbarara City FC vs Vipers SC
Mbarara City will play their tenth Preseason build up match on Wednesday 29th August when they host league champions Vipers SC at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara.
The Ankole Lions have won eight of the nine games played in preseason and have a 100% record at Kakyeka Stadium where they have blown away local teams since training resumed on July 1st 2018.
In their last preseason outing, City thrashed Kyazanga Vipers FC 5-1 with striker Makueth Wol scoring twice while Ivan Eyam, Ibrahim Ibe Orit and Muhinzi Umar scored a goal each for Livingstone Mbabazi’s side.
Vipers SC will be visiting Kakyeka Stadium for the third time since Mbarara City earned promotion to the Uganda Premier League, but this will be their forth game against the Ankole Lions having played twice last season in the Uganda Premier League and in a friendly.
The last two visits saw City hold Vipers to a 1-1 draw in a preseason friendly while the other saw the Champions steal a controversial 1-0 victory with Musa Clovis’ goal was confirmed after consulting video replays.
The venoms won the last meeting 2-0 when the hosted the Ankole Lions at the St Mary’s Stadium Kitende in February.
Vipers was the first team to beat Mbarara City at Kakyeka in last season’s Uganda Premier League and were one of the two teams to beat the Ankole Lions in their own backyard.
Mbarara City FC
On loan striker Karim Ndugwa will be available but the game comes too early for him after reporting to the club on Tuesday, the rest of the squad members will be available to fight for places for the match.
Vipers will have their entire squad available after their two weeks camp in Mbale and new head coach will have a great opportunity to assess his players’ fitness levels and try different formations as the Venoms look to defend the Uganda Premier League trophy.
The Champions were also boasted by the end of speculation about defender Halid Lwaliwa who signed a new two year contract that will keep him at the club till 2020, Halid was linked with a move to Botswana’s Galaxy.
Duncan Seninde and Brian Nkubi also signed new contracts with the Venoms while Davis Kasirye joined on a permanent basis, penning a two year deal after weeks of training with the Kitende based side.
Mbarara City FC
Mbarara City will be playing a Uganda Premier League side for the first time since their 2-0 defeat to Kirinya Jinja SSS on the last day of the season in May.
The Ankole Lions are unbeaten against Uganda Premier League sides in season build up games managing draws against KCCA FC (0-0) and Vipers SC (1-1) and a 1-0 win over Express FC before last season.
City have managed to score in all their build up games, registering a total of twenty three goals, six more than they managed in thirty Uganda Premier League games last season.
Striker Makueth Wol is City’s preseason top scorer, finding the back of the net six times.
The Venoms have failed to score once in their last seven games, including preseason friendlies, it came against against KCCA FC in the Uganda Cup final, a game that they lost 1-0.
Their Mexican tactician Martinez Espinoza Javier will be facing a Uganda Premier League side for the first time since taking over as Head Coach.
Mbarara City FC Match day squad
Ali Kimera, Muhammad Ssekeba, Opio Jackson.
Halishe Asuman, Stephen Ottieno, Mukundane Hilary, Ahebwa Jaspar, Zaidi Byekwaso, SSemakula Amim, Muhammad Rashid, Ibrahim Orit, Emmanuel Darko,
Pistis Balenge, Akanakimanah Noah, Kansiime Sam, Ivan Eyam, Bebe Swaliq, Barssey Methodius, Samari Farouk, Kabuye Stephen.
Karim Ndugwa, Umar Muhinzi, Brian Ahebwa, Siraje Musindo, Makueth Wol.
Mbarara City FC Preseason results
Mbarara City FC 1-0 Wakiso Giants
Mbarara City FC 4-1 Katete Arsenal
Mbarara City FC 3-0 Mbarara Police FC
Mbarara City FC 3-2 Mbarara Ghetto FC
Mbarara City FC 3-0 Nakivale FC
Buwekura 1-1 Mbarara City FC
Six O’clock FC 0-1 Mbarara City FC
Ibanda Select 0-2 Mbarara City FC
Vipers SC Preseason results
Yardim FC 1-0 Vipers SC
Vipers SC 1-0 Natete Select
Mbale Select 1-3 Vipers SC
Sironko Town Council 0-8 Vipers SC
Kataka 0-3 Vipers SC
Mbale Heroes 0-6 Vipers SC
CRO 1-3 Vipers SC