Star Times Uganda Premier League
Vipers SC vs Nyamityobora FC
St Mary’s Stadium Kitende
Saturday 20th October 2018
Nyamityobora FC will be hoping to halter their disastrous start to the season with a first Star Times Uganda Premier League win away to league champions Vipers SC on Saturday afternoon.
James Odoch’s men who are looking to find fit in their new surroundings, sit bottom of the Uganda Premier League table and are yet to pick up a single point in their debut season.
The Banyakare helped to ease the pressure on manager James Odoch who was facing questions over his future after throwing away a 2-0 first half lead to lose 2-3 against Bright Stars FC by appointing Joseph Kiwanuka as an Assistant Coach.
Nyamityobora FC lost their first two fixtures of the campaign against Onduparaka FC (2-0) and Bright Stars (2-3) while Vipers SC have won both their games against Ndejje University FC and Maroons FC by 1-0 and 1-2 respectively.
Nyamityobora FC will be playing a side that finished in the top four for the second time this season while Vipers will be facing promoted side for the second time at home this season.
The Banyakare played against Onduparaka FC on match day one while the Venoms opened their campaign at home to Ndejje University FC.
Javier Martinez’ Vipers are currently joint-top of the Star Times Uganda Premier League having picked up maximum points from their opening two fixtures.
The Champions are unbeaten in their last nineteen league games and will be hoping to make the most of home advantage for number twenty on the spin against a winless Nyamityobora side.
Cameroonian defender Calvin Barni is available for selection after recovering from malaria, while midfielder Ivan Mbowa has fully recovered from an ankle injury and is 100% fit to make his debut.
Young striker Ibrahim Dada started, impressed and scored against Bright Stars FC, Head coach James Odoch should have been pleased with what he saw and will most likely retain him in the starting eleven.
Other changes could see Achire John Paul take Henry Wamala’s place at right full back, while Sadam Ogwang will most likely replace first choice goal keeper Franco Olinga between the sticks.
Vipers’ tactician Javier Martinez welcomes back midfielders Tadeo Lwanga and Moses Waiswa from national duty, having represented Uganda during the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers against Lesotho.
Last season’s golden boot winner Mzee Dan Sserunkuma has recovered from a thigh injury which he suffered during the club’s friendly match against Katwe United and will be available for selection.
The Vinoms will assess goal keeper Derrick Ochan who is recovering from Malaria while Saturday’s match might come too early for left back Aggrey Madoi who suffered a knee injury during the practice match against Masavu FC in the International Break.
Head to head
The two sides will be meeting for the first time at this level but they met in a preseason friendly at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara which Nyamityobora FC won 1-0 in August.
Nyamityobora FC have lost all their games played at the artificial turf, losing against Ndejje University FC in the FUFA Big League final, Proline FC and twice against KCCA FC in the Pilsner Super Eight and the Philip Omond Invitational Tournament.
The Banyakare are one of the three teams yet to pick up a point this season, the other two being Police FC and Maroons FC.
Since the start of last season, only Ndejje University FC (13) has conceded fewer goals than Nyamityobora FC (15).
However since league started, only Police FC (7) and Paidha Black Angels FC (6) have conceded more goals than Nyamityobora FC (5) level with Maroons FC.
Vipers SC will be looking to win their opening three fixtures in the Uganda Premier League for the first time since 2014 when they beat Simba FC (0-1), Entebbe (0-1) and Lweza (1-0).
The Venoms are one of the three teams to have won their opening two fixtures in the league this campaign, together with Bright Stars FC and Onduparaka FC
Vipers are unbeaten in thirteen home games.
They have not lost a home game in 2018; they last suffered a home loss in November 2017, losing 1-2 to URA FC.
Since the start of the 2016-2017 Uganda Premier League season, only KCCA FC (131) have collected more league points than Vipers SC (123).
KCCA FC are also the only side to score more goals (114) more than the league Champions (88) since the start of the 2016-2017 Uganda Premier League season.
Since the start of 2018, Vipers SC have kept fourteen clean sheets in a total of twenty eight competitive games.