Match Preview: Wakiso Giants vs Vipers SC | Stanbic Uganda Cup

Match Preview: Wakiso Giants vs Vipers SC | Stanbic Uganda Cup

2023-03-13 13:09:01

Wakiso Giants turn attention to the Stanbic Uganda Cup with a game against last season’s losing finalists Vipers at home on Tuesday in the round of 16.

The two sides come into the game on the back of disappointing results in what will be the third meeting this season after two league games ended in draws.

John Ayala Luyinda has expressed the Purple Sharks’ readiness for the encounter and believes the return of Uganda Hippos players to the team give his side a big boost.

“We are excited to be playing in a game of this magnitude,” he told the media. “We play a very good side with a new and proven coach but we are motivated to do well against them in front of our fans,” he added.

“For us, the onus is to produce a good performance and hopefully a decent result to take us to the next round.”

On the team news, Ayala revealed that besides Moses Aliro and Frank Ssebuufu, the rest of the players are available.

“Aliro needs to pass a late fitness test while Ssebuufu is a big doubt for the game but the rest of the lads including those that played at Afcon U-20 are available.”

The Opponents

Vipers have not won outright in the last eight games in all competitions but having a new coach Alex Isabirye will surely motivate them.

Besides Murushid Jjuuko and Milton Karisa who are doubts, they have a full squad to pick on.

Head to Head

It will be the second meeting in the competition after last season’s quarter final clash which ended 2-1 in Vipers favour.

Overall, this will be the 10th meeting with Vipers ahead with 5 wins and 5 draws.