Stanbic Uganda Cup
SC Villa vs Vipers SC
Mutessa II War Memorial Stadium, Wankulukuku
Vipers will go into Sunday’s Uganda Cup semi final first leg away to Villa knowing that a first ever league and cup double is very much with in their reach.
After sealing the league triumph on Friday by defeating UPDF FC 4-1 at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende, the Venoms will head into Sunday’s fixture confident they can go past a side from whom they collected maximum points in the league on two occasions.
The Venoms whose only triumph in the competition came in 2016 defeated their Sunday opponents home and away in the league this past season.
But Villa will have other ideas on their mind as the Uganda Cup is their only chance of saving arguably the best season the club has had in more than 10 years.
The Jogoos led the league for a long while, seating on top of it for the most number of day until the final few weeks where they ended up finishing third.
They have won the cup right times, with their last coming in 2015 in one of the most controversial finals ever witnessed in recent years.
What the coaches are saying.
Wasswa Bbosa, SC Villa.
“We lost two league games to Vipers this season which will surely motivate us and make it more interesting.
“During those games, we made many mistkes that we will have to correct if we are to stand any chances of defeating them because they are such a strong side which can be seen in the fact that they are already champions of the league.
“All in all, a are so ready to combat them as the cup is our only chance of winning a crown this season.
Miguel da Costa, Vipers’ SC.
“Its not easy because there is little recovery time for the players as they only played the final league game on Friday.
“We appreciate that this point of the season, you play six or seven matches in one month so we did all we can to prepare them physically for this game.
“It is still not easy but hopefully we did our best.
“The game against UPDF and this one are different and since it is a two legged affair, we will approach it cautiously.
The second leg will be played next weekend at the St. Maty’s Stadium in Kitende.
The other semi final will be played on Monday as Synergy hosts defending champions KCCA FC in Masaka.
Head to Head.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season.
They may twice in the league with Vipers winning 1-0 on both occassions.
SC Villa have won only only two of the last 16 meetings between the two sides (D6 L8).
Villa head into the game on a run of four games without victory (D2 L2), including a last day league defeat at home to Bul.
The Jogoos have lost two of their last three home games, after going on a run of 31 minutes defeat.
Against their fellow top three sides, Villa have won only one and lost the other three games so far.
To get here, Villa defeated Ndejje University and KJT at the round of 16 and quarter finals respectively.
Vipers have gone 21 games in all competitions minus tasting defeat (W18 D3).
Away from home, the Venoms have gone 11 games unbeaten (W8 D3).
To get here, they defeated Kira United at the round of 16 before a quarter final win over Kansai Plascon.