Vipers Football Club are the defending champions of the Uganda Premier League. Due to the restrictions brought on by the COVIS-19 pandemic, The venoms were crowned champion by FUFA on the 75% rule.
This rule also saw some harsh decisions that were contested by a number of clubs. For example Tororo United and Maroons FC were relegated to the Big League basing on the same rule.
You could not be so wrong in thinking that the trophy was handed to Vipers SC to a certain extent due to the coronavirus outbreak interrupting the continuity of all sports in the country. Did they deserve it?
They probably did. But with the way things turn about in football, some people may not feel convinced.
So this season the Venoms will want to win the league convincingly.
And they seem to be on track to do just that. They already boast a 100% home winning record. They have scored in all their home games this season so far. They are surely on a run of a title defender. They are playing like champions even though they have conceded in each of their away games so far.
Goals have been flowing in for the champions with only KCCA FC’s 38 goals outshining the venom’s 33 goals scored so far. The venoms along with the tax collectors have kept 7 clean sheets each..
Having won the championship last season in circumstances that were unsatisfactory to many, Vipers SC are still at the center of many controversies again this season with most controversial refereeing decisions going their way. A case in point is an infamous red card issued to Police FC Goalkeeper which was later overturned but influenced the game with the venoms winning.
Off the pitch it has been business as usual as the club managed to pull off a Ugx. 400m shirt sleeve sponsorship deal. With money in the bank, the venoms are expected to retain their place at the summit of the UPL come the second half of the season.
Final Report Comment: Vipers SC will put up a spirited fight till the end of the season. The first half of the season has shown that other clubs have stepped up to the challenge and it will not be easy to retain the trophy. If the venoms fix traveling-defence problems, they may just persist enough to retain the title.