Stanbic Uganda Cup Final 2018
Vipers SC Vs KCCA FC
Emokori Grounds, Bukedea District
Saturday, 9th June 2018 3pm
Only three teams have managed to win a domestic double( League and Cup titles in the same season). These include; SC Villa, Express FC and KCCA FC.
Vipers SC have the chance to write history and join the aforementioned three on Saturday as they take on KCCA FC in this year’s final at Emokori grounds in Bukedea district.
With the league title already sealed, the target for the Venoms will to complete the domestic double.
Equally, KCCA FC who are the current holders are chasing for history. At nine Uganda Cup titles, KCCA FC have the chance to match record champions Express FC who are on ten.
The two coaches have promised a good final with both Mike Hillary Mutebi(KCCA FC) and Miguel Da Costa(Vipers SC) indicating this is a game between the best two teams in the country.
Mutebi stated in the pre match press conference that he expects the two teams to come and give a befitting final to the fans.
“ This is a game between arguably the best two teams in the country so we expect to give the best performance to the fans. We do not expect kung-fu like it was in the previous engagement but we want to see good football.” He said.
His counterpart Da Costa shared similar sentiments asserting that both KCCA FC and Vipers SC need to offer a good display to match the expectations.
The return of combative midfielder Taddeo Lwanga is a timely boost for Vipers SC after missing out of action in the semifinal against SC Villa due to suspension.
Lwanga was accused by Mutebi of playing rough on KCCA FC youngster Allan Okello in the league game that ended in a 3-2 win for Vipers SC at St. Mary’s stadium.
When asked if he will field Okello with the return of Lwanga, KCCA FC manager Mutebi stated he doesn’t expect a contest of “the beauty and the beast” and thus the former will play despite insisting special players must be protected.
Captain Nicholas Wadada who limped off in the 1-0 against SC Villa on Tuesday is fully fit and will be available for selection.
On the other hand, KCCA FC come with a depleted squad missing several key players.
Derrick Nsibambi moved to Smouha FC in Egypt this week, Muzamir Mutyaba is ruled out, defender Mustafa Kiiza plus midfielder Lawrence Bukenya are also sidelined with injuries and thus will not feature.
Striker Muhammad Shaban was left out of the squad with reports indicating the player is seeking for a move away from the club. He did not return to training since the Cranes returned from Niger on Sunday.
Vipers SC have won the Uganda Cup once in 2016 defeating Onduparaka in the final.
To win last season’s title, KCCA FC defeated Paidha Black Angels 2-0 in the final played at Betway Green light stadium in Arua.