Tuesday October 18, 2016
Vipers Vs Kirinya Jinja SS – Nakivubo stadium @ 4pm
After faltering against Proline on Saturday, Vipers’ skipper Nicholas Wadada and midfield gem Hassan Wasswa Mawanda have promised a return to winning ways for the team’s faithful.
The former league winners wasted an opportunity to cut the gap at the top to just a point with a disappointing 2-2 stalemate with Proline and now face another side with almost similar statistics like Mujib Kasule’s side in Kirinya Jinja SS.
“Every one of us was disappointed with the result against Proline,” he told the press at a media briefing on Monday at Kitende. “But that’s in the past now, we have worked on our mistakes and we hope to bounce back strongly against Kirinya,” he added.
Last season, Vipers failed to capitalize on a blip by eventual league winners, KCCA. When Wadada was pressed on the issue that seems to have begun to haunt them again this season, his response was positive. “The mistakes we made hurt us a lot last season.
This time round, we are more prepared not to repeat that and expect a much changed attitude and character.”
Like his captain, Wasswa who is yet to lose a game in Vipers’ colours believes it’s too early to think about lost points but admits they must be consistent to keep contenders under pressure. “The league is a marathon and we now our opponents will drop points,” he stated. “But first, we must win our games so that we put them under pressure,” he added.
The dreadlocked Ugandan international however doesn’t expect a walk in the park against a side that has held giants KCCA and Express in their previous two games. “Like any other topflight side, they must be good and their result against giants are indicators. But we have more quality and we have the character to overcome them.”
Abdallah Mubiru’s side has a chance to go top of the league with victory for the first time this season.