MATCH PREVIEW |Game of magnitudes as Champions host Venoms | StartimesUPL

Saturday 16th November 2019

KCCA FC SA vs Wakiso Giants JT | 11 am (EAT) (FUFA Juniors League)

KCCA FC vs Vipers SC| 3 pm (EAT) | Startimes Uganda Premier League,

Startimes Stadium, Lugogo

It is the Champions versus the current log leaders in the Startimes Uganda Premier League.

KCCA FC hosts the Venoms at Lugogo in a game that could breath more belief in KCCA FC’s quest for the 14th title if the result swings in their favor.

The defending Champions have 19 points from nine games and could lead the log after the first round if they win all pending games.

Muzamiru Mutyaba (c) blocks Siraje Sentamu’s effort in a previous encounter between both clubs

The visitors lead the log with 33 points from 13 games.

KCCA FC has played 9 games, winning six, drawing one and have lost twice this term.

The defending Champions have scored 16 goals and conceded nine times in the nine games played so far this season.

The visitors have scored twenty times and conceded six times in thirteen games played so far.

KCCA FC and Vipers SC played out a one-all stalemate in the first and second-round games in the league last term.

KCCA’s Erisa Sekisambu and Vipers’ Paul Willa in a previous encounter

Team News

Coach Mike Mutebi’s charges will be boosted by the return of youngsters Joseph Kafumbe and forward Sam Ssenyonjo who have not been involved a lot this season because of school engagements. The duo is now available for selection and their presence gives the Gaffer options.

Skipper Charles Lukwago, Allan Okello and Kasozi Nicholas will not feature. The players are away with Uganda Cranes on National duty as they prepare for AFCON qualifier game against Malawi on Sunday 17th November at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole,

Muzamiru Mutyaba (c) blocks Siraje Sentamu’s effort in a recent encounter

Sadat Anaku will have to undergo a late fitness test before he is confirmed available for Saturday’s encounter. The teenager pulled a muscle in the team’s last outing against Express FC.

Goal Keeper Jamil Malyamungu is likely to start between the posts for the third time on the bounce.

Sadat Anaku will undergo a late fitness test before he can be confirmed for Saturday’s game

Erisa Sekisambu, Mike Mutyaba, Sam Senyonjo, and Keziron Kizito are in contention to feature against their former employers.

Midfield gem, Keziron Kizito is in contention to face his former employers

Defender Kizza Mustafa also team deputy skipper will take on captain duties in the absence of Charles Lukwago.

Julius Poloto, Jurua Hassan and Sadam Juma are all ruled out due to injury.

Kasozi Nicholas, Allan Okello, and Lukwago Charles are out of this fixture

Statistics

  1. In the last 19 games played between KCCA FC and Vipers SC, KCCA FC has won five times, Vipers SC has won nine times while both teams have shared spoils five times.
  2. KCCA has scored 24 times in the last 19 games against Vipers SC while the Venoms have scored twenty-eight times in the last 19 games against KCCA FC
  3. KCCA FC has collected 20 points in the last 19 games played against Vipers SC while the opponents have bagged 32 points in the last 19 games.
  4. In the last nine home fixtures, KCCA has won thrice and shared spoils twice.

Pre-match reactions

Mike Hillary Mutebi;

We have a responsibility to win this game. We are playing a team that has centered their case as an emerging force in Ugandan football. We want to front our case as defending Champions of the league. As a coach these are games you want to take part in and make sure the players display a good game of football for the fans to enjoy. We have some players away on National duty that is Okello, Lukwago and Kasozi but we have able replacements to give us the game we want.


Mike Hillary Mutebi ahead of the Startimes Uganda Premier League game against Vipers SC
KCCA FC Manager Mike Hillary Mutebi during a pre-match conference at the StarTimes Stadium.

Defender John Revita addressed the press ahead of Saturday’s game and had this to say’

We want to win this game and keep the belief. As defending Champions, these are the games were you want to step up and show intent of retaining the cup. We respect our opponents but this a game where we want to play for our badge, fans, and ourselves. We have done enough homework and we are ready.

John Revita ahead of the Startimes Uganda Premier League game against Vipers SC

KCCA FC defender John Revita during a pre-match conference at the StarTimes Stadium.