By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo
The last few days have not been easy for both Vipers Football Club and SC Villa regarding their in house problems. The two teams drew 1:1 in the first leg of the Uganda Cup at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende, and tomorrow they will face each other in a return leg hosted by SC Villa at the Bombo Stadium.
SC Villa is struggling with the issues of meeting players demands as the club is failing to pay players’ arrears in salaries and allowances, and this has been protested by the club captain Asuman Alishe and fans in general. This has disorganised their preparation for tomorrow’s match as some players were reported to have missed training in protest.
The Venoms on the other hand were okay until yesterday when their manager Kajoba Kisitu resigned from his duty as the club’s first team manager over issues surrounding his appointment as the Uganda Cranes coach for their friendly games in the coming weeks. The Venoms are now under the services of a care-taker coach Paul Kiwanuka who is already anticipating a very difficult match against Villa tomorrow in Bombo.
This will not be an easy game compared to the first leg according to the new caretaker manager and he and his team are aware of the expectations from the match. He reiterated that his players are motivated and not demoralized at all, which is why they will go for a clear cut victory as they need to qualify to the next round. This season, we have seen clubs sacking their managers in the league and what is yet to be seen is how possible it is for players to cope up with these sudden changes in management.
Yunus Sentamu has fully recovered from a minor knock he sustained earlier and will be expected to make a comeback in this game, as Vipers look to him for progression to the next stage.
SC Villa on the other side is motivated by the return of goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige and Emmanuel Alex Wasswa who had travelled to Senegal with the Uganda Sand Cranes for the AFCON beach soccer finals. One other key name available for selection is skipper Asuman Alishe, who was suspended after he protested the delayed salaries pay to players and missed the first leg of this fixture at Kitende. So with all this fire power Villa will be buoyed to go for a win in this fixture.
SC Villa players resumed normal training on Tuesday after a four-day break following the intervention of fans and the FUFA President Moses Magogo over pending arrears.