Whereas it may be premature to envisage an unbeaten season for Vipers, the Buikwe-based side looks unstoppable. Could Bidco do what Villa, KCCA, URA and Express failed? It remains to be seen, writes Elly Kyeyune.
Vipers may not have the most lethal attack nor do they boast a mean defence, but their overall efficiency more than make up for any weakness. This afternoon, they will make the short trip to Kakindu knowing avoiding defeat would not only extend their undefeated start to the season to 14 games, the result would edge them closer to their dream of becoming only the second team to finish the season unbeaten.
That honour solely belongs to the SC Villa side that won the 1981 league title. With two games to go before the midseason break, Vipers have already finished playing the four leading contenders in the league. Ironically, all those matches ended in stalemates and Vipers had to come from behind against URA FC, KCCA FC, SC Villa whereas their game against Express ended scoreless.
Bidco, which lies seventh, presents perhaps the last threat to Vipers’ record before the first round comes to an end. Meanwhile, second-placed KCCA FC visit Lweza United at Wankulukuku knowing a win will pile some pressure on the leaders. The defending champions lie four points behinds and are enjoying a three-game winning streak.
However, they will miss the services of injured striker Brian Umony. They will have to get used to life without talisman Brian Majwega, who joined Tanzania champions Azam FC late last week. So, the pressure is on Michael Birungi to continue his rich vein of form after netting brace in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Soana.
Lweza has been struggling of late ever since Mike Sserumaga’s form declined and since coming back from national team engagements, the team has collected a paltry one point. They even lost their last fixture 1-2 to bottom-placed Rwenshama FC.
Elsewhere, SC Villa has gone two games without a win and they will need maximum points against Bright Stars to keep within touching distance of the leaders.
On the other hand, a rejuvenated URA FC hosts Express FC as the latter adapts to playing without influential midfielder Simon Sserunkuma, who joined Simba in Tanzania.
At the foot of the table, Entebbe, on an eight-match losing streak, take on Rwenshama. Soana will host Police in the Kavumba derby.
Source : The Observer