League looks to better returns

Tuesday February 13 2018

No way: Vipers skipper Wadada (left) tracks

No way: Vipers skipper Wadada (left) tracks down Onduparaka striker Ceaser Okhuti the last time the West Nile-based team played at St Mary’s Stadium. Phot by John Batanudde 

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Kampala. Local coaches recently met at a retreat at Tavern Woods in Kabuusu, a Kampala suburb and resolved to change attitude on how football should be played.
They admitted that the country lacked a common direction regarding the brand of football to champion, and resolved that this was an area they had to work on more seriously.

Their already known fears were again exposed as the second round of the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) kicked off on Saturday. Out of the seven matches played, only five goals were scored, one of them a penalty in Bul’s 1-0 victory over URA.

Table leaders SC Villa, who struggled in front of goal with just 16 goals in 15 matches in the first round, could only draw goalless at home with Maroons, while KCCA were away on continental duty.

The two, KCCA and SC Villa, face off on Thursday in the rescheduled top of the table (should Vipers lose to Onduparaka today) clash in a match that should surely produce goals. That encounter will wrap up match day 17. But before that, seven matches are lined up today in which the 14 respective coaches will hope for better returns than last Saturday.

Perfect opportunity
For Portuguese coach Miguel da Costa’s Vipers, there cannot be a better opportunity to build onto their 1-0 victory away to Soana when they host Onduparaka, who drew goalless with Express, at St Mary’s Stadium.
Daniel Sserunkuma, who made it seven goals in the league when he scored his first in Vipers colours at Soana, will not only be in pursuit of the ‘golden’ boot. He will look to Vipers overtaking KCCA as they close in on leaders Villa.

Victory for Vipers would see them leapfrog KCCA into second place on 32 points, one fewer than Villa before the Blues visit Lugogo on Thursday.
But coach da Costa knows it will not be an easy fixture. “It’s going to be a tough match with a tough team. It’s a game where we have to give everything so we can continue winning matches and getting points towards the championship.”

Fourth-placed Onduparaka, who also failed to score at home, will go level on 29 points with Vipers and KCCA should the West Nile outfit become only the second team after Villa to win at St Mary’s Stadium.
“They (Express) came with a target to pick a point,” argued Leo Adraa, the Onduparaka technical boss, after the draw with Express, before adding - with an eye on their trip to Vipers today: “We’ll correct the mistakes.”

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