April 14, 2014

Vipers Aim To Bounce Back

FSL Tuesday ties

KCCA V Vipers- Lugogo

Police V SC Villa- Kavumba

Kira V SCVU- Nambole

Masaka V BUL- Masaka

CRO V Express- Mbale

130913F_FufSupLea_VicUniVip_IkWhat a difference a fortnight makes. Fourteen days ago, SC Vipers were riding the crest of a wave – 3 points clear at the top of the FUFA Super League and looking at their Orange Africa Champions League place as attainable.

Ten days on, and two draws later, Vipers are suddenly being talked about as a club in crisis laying in 4th place.

Out of sorts being held by bottom club CRO in Mbale and held again at home in Buikwe by Kiira Young last week, , the knives are being sharpened ready for the ritual sacrifice of coach Edward Golola.

Much is being made of the fact that Golola spent the last two months taking charge of St Mary’s Kitende SS in the concluded Copa Coca Cola regional finals which they lost to St Juliana Gayaza.

All the more so as it is widely accepted that reigning champions KCCA who they visit have taken charge of the proceedings from last season churning out numerous 1-0 wins in the league.

Certainly, it would take a massive reversal of fortune for KCCA to let slip their advantage in the league over the final five games of the season more-still having two games in hand.

But the manner of the latest two setbacks has served to underline how vulnerable and average a side they look even with the redoubtable presence of Uganda’s leading striker at the 2014 CHAN Finals Yunus Sentamu, Cranes regulars Joseph Mpande, Nicholas Wadada and Vicent Kayizzi.

Team captain Robert Kimuli conceded: “It’s been a hard two weeks for us losing four crucial points.

“However, we have to put our faith in ourselves and gather maximum points at Lugogo against the defending champions and possibly many more in the final matches.

Industrious forward Mpande said: “Without a doubt we are still disappointed at being held by smaller teams and losing our lead, that’s only natural, but we have to rebuild our confidence.”

Their first game at Buikwe, Golola’s team won the fixture 2-1 though the game was marred by crowd violence.

Herman Wasswa’s 89th minute strike at Bombo army play grounds saved the KCCA from an eminent backlash against Simba football club in the only fixture of the day played on Friday.

Wasswa’s goal was his 5th in a space of 2 days and will hope to extend his rich run despite the absence of creative gems in Tom Matsiko, Tony Odur and Brian Majwega who are all suspended by the club.

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