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Uganda: Vipers Dares Unbeaten Leaders KCCA

A blockbuster StarTimes Uganda Premier League clash is upon us on Sunday afternoon at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende as dethroned champions Vipers SC lock horns with current league leaders KCCA FC.

The powerhouses who have shared eight of the last nine league titles renew their rivalry occupying first and second on the league table after eight matches.

Morley Byekwaso’s side is six points above their rivals at the summit, but have played a game more than Roberto Oliveira’s men.

Seeking to pass their first true test of the season, the Kasasiro Boys travel to Kitende as the only unbeaten side in the division and are on the back of a three-game winning run.

Byekwaso’s men have had to show a different level of character recently as they have had to grind out certain results, but they also carry some exciting flamboyancy about them blowing away teams like they did against BUL FC on Wednesday.

Much of the early season focus has been about how Byekwaso takes on the mantle after he was named permanent manager replacing an overly successful Mike Mutebi.

Safe to assume that so far, he has outdone himself and by some margin, voted the coach of the month for October, he is an overwhelming favourite to make it back-to-back accolades for November as well, to add on his record of seven victories and one draw in his eight games in charge so far.

Even more pleasing under the former KCCA hero is the re-finding of striker Davis Kasirye around whom Byekwaso has built a fluid, pragmatic and effective system of play.

Brazilian Robertinho’s arrival has created a different vibe at Vipers as well. They might have lacked a bit of conviction about their performance against stern opposition drawing against Express and then suffering a damning 2-0 home defeat to URA in their last home game.

The result against URA can happen because they have the quality to do it, but Robertinho will be pleased with the performance against Gadaffi FC.

They were comfortable and dominant at one of the less fancy grounds in the league and the fact that players like Paul Mucureezi, Allan Kayiwa and Dan Sserunkuuma got some minutes is another positive for Robertinho.

It meant that without Yunus Ssentamu who is once again a doubt, Robertinho can have players comfortable on the ball and can dominate play, and press well without the ball because they enjoy that part of the game.