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UPL: Litmus Test For Vipers New Coach Against Bright Stars

SC Vipers named a less known Michael Ouma as the interim coach on December 31st last year, to replace sacked Mexican Javier Martinez.

The new man in charge will start his duties officially this Saturday as Vipers take a short trip to Mwererwe to face hosts Bright Stars.

The Kenyan has barely received praises in the media as many have claimed that he is not the right man to drive Vipers to their set targets, and the ball is now in his hands to prove the critics wrong.

Despite being an interim, he will want to start afresh to build his own philosophy, he will take less from the predecessor’s coaching template.

Ouma taking the team through drills. Vipers media photo

Coming into the tie, the Venoms, second on the log are eight points below leaders KCCA and will be looking for nothing but victory in their bid to close this gap.

They will have to do it without Captain Taddeo Lwanga shot stopper Bashir Ssekagya who are still nursing injuries. It has not yet been confirmed, according to latest developments whether Tito Okello, Abraham Ndugwa and Rahmat Ssenfuka will feature.

However, Vipers will fear less, as they are yet to lose against Bright Stars in their ten meetings both home and away.

Vipers has managed six wins and four draws against Bright Stars’ zero win so far in the league.

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Last season, after drawing goalless in Mwererwe, Bright Stars led by two goals in Kitende but let squandered that lead to eventually lose 3-2 with Brian Nkuubi, Steven Mukwala and Tom Masiko all on target for the Venoms.

To make matters worse, Bright Stars are yet to score a goal when facing Vipers in the league at Mwererwe. Five games: lost 1-0 twice and drawn goalless on three occasions.

The former Kenya U17 national team coach who also holds a CAF A licence, will bank on this record to get a positive result.

The hosts are in poor form, and lost their last home game in the league – falling 2-0 to URA FC. This was their first loss at home in the league.

It should be noted that Vipers and URA FC are the only two teams in the league that are yet to lose a single game. Vipers have won seven and drawn four.

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