PREVIEW: Vipers start title defence against Soltilo Bright Stars


Defending champions Vipers SC will start their quest for a 6th league title when they host Soltilo Bright Stars at St. Mary’s stadium Kitende this evening.

The last time the two sides met in a league opener was three years ago at Wankulukuku and Vipers won 3-1.

As has been the norm in the previous seasons, the two sides have made a wide range of reinforcements and the jury will be out them to provide a glimpse of what to expect this term.

Asaph Mwebaze took charge of Bright Stars from Paul Kiwanuka who saved the team from sinking under relegation last term. However Mwebaze and his assistant Simon Mugerwa will be out of action as they attend to a coaching course in Njeru.

He has made 11 new injections in the squad including the experienced Amis Muwonge, Brian Mato, Nordin Bunjo and striker Sam Senyonjo.

Vipers’ Robertinho Oliveira will start his second season in the Uganda premier league and he has highlighted the match as a very important one.

” We start tomorrow (today) with an important match against Bright Stars and we have all our attention to it,”

“I have prepared the team well, with the same style and mentality as last season despite the new faces,”

He told


The previous seven meetings between them have all been dominated by Vipers SC with five wins and two draws.


Yunus Sentamu remains as Vipers key man and Ceaser Manzoki’s departure further reaffirms him as the go to man for the Kitende based side.

Captain Nelson Senkatuka stands as Bright Stars’ most experienced player and he is their most assured source for goals.

Nordin Bunjo has also played enough football to create impact in a team. He is another man to watch.

The duo of Frank Kato Kizanyiro and Bob Oluoch will wait a little longer to make their Bright Stars debut since they are on loan from Vipers.

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