Mighty Arena test for unbeaten Vipers

Saturday November 2 2019

Kyetume  midfielder Julius Lule (L) fig

Kyetume midfielder Julius Lule (L) fights for the ball with Vipers Bobosi Byaruhanga during a league game at Namboole. Photo by John Batanudde  

By ELVIS SENONO

Kampala- Busoga United coach Abbey Kikomeko was critical of the Betway Muteesa II Stadium playing surface despite his team earning a 2-1 win over Express in midweek.

Now back in the comfort of the team’s Mighty Arena in Jinja, Kikomeko expressed belief his side can match that result as well as put in a better shift when they host table leaders Vipers this afternoon.

“We did not play well because the pitch was bad. But we are glad we got the win. It is going to give us good motivation as we prepare for the Vipers hurdle. We are at home. We shall try to put up some resistance and get the points. I know the boys are determined and definitely the points will be got,” Kikomeko said in the aftermath of Tuesday’s game at Wankulukuku. To achieve that, they will become the first team to defeat Vipers this season with the Kitende-based side having won seven of their 10 games this season.

“We are not playing well but it is important that we build a good winning run,” Edward Golola said recently.

And during the opening stages of their 2-1 win over Kyetume at Namboole the big man-small man combo of Fahad Bayo and Daniel Mzee Ssernkuma showed signs of life with both getting onto the scoresheet within 15 minutes.

While Bayo’s goal, a league leading seventh thus far came from a Bashir Asiku cross, he won the penalty that was converted by Sserunkuma with the latter also twice releasing him into one on one situations with the goalkeeper.

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They will again need to be at their clinical best against a Busoga team that is fifth on the standings and also had Joel Madondo and Boban Zirintusa linking up well for both goals against Express.

Elsewhere, Express coach George Ssimwogerere could become the latest coach to leave a topflight league club if his side fail to pick maximum points away to Wakiso Giants.

The Red Eagles have lost their previous two games and lie 11th with 10 points from as many games.

It also remains to be seen where the Bright Stars- Onduparaka fixture will be played after Fufa suspended the Betway Muteesa II Stadium that is home to two clubs Bright Stars and Express.

The Arua-based side were expected to travel from Arua on Thursday ahead of the game although there was no confirmation of the match venue by press time.

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