Kampala. The last time Vipers lost a league game in November 2017, they responded with a five-match winning run and an unbeaten sequence that helped them to last season’s title.
Coaches Michael Nam Ouma and Edward Golola will hope for a similar response starting today when they play in-form Tooro at the Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal.
The Venoms are reeling from Saturday’s surprise 3-1 home loss to Villa that saw them drop four points behind leaders KCCA ahead of match-day 19.
“Tooro United are strong at home. They fight and have good players but we are not going to fear them, there’s no doubt the boys must show character and pick positive results,” Ouma said ahead of the game.
They will have history on their side with Vipers having never lost to Tooro since they earned promotion for the 2013/2014 season.
But the hosts are one of the most in-form teams and are unbeaten in eight home games since moving to Buhinga winning the last six.
The form has allowed them to climb to sixth on the log and Vipers will have fresh memories of their first round goalless draw in Kitende that was Javier Martinez’s last game in charge.
Tooro’s experienced side consisting of Willy Kavuma, Paddy Muhumuza, and former Venom Stephen Luswata matched their opponents and should be joined by another former Vipers forward Simon Sserunkuma.
The youthful Allan Kayiwa has been their most consistent goal threat scoring six times.
At Namboole, SC Villa coach Douglas Bamweyana wants his side to use Saturday’s win over Vipers as a turning point in a season in which they have struggled for consistency.
The victory was only their third in 18 games this season but they go into today’s encounter against Paidha Black Angels as favourites to pick another win.
“The most important game is tomorrow. It is a chance for us to show consistency and our good character. We want to check our attitude but there’s already a good vibe from Saturday,” Bamweyana said ahead of the game.
The Jogoos are currently level on 18 points with Maroons and six ahead of Nyamityobora who occupy the final relegation spot.
Paidha have meanwhile won once all season and are bottom of the 16-team log with nine points that included a goalless draw when the two teams met in the first leg.
Their recent results suggest a slight improvement with Saturday’s 1-0 loss away to Tooro being their first defeat after drawing the previous five games.