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Stanbic Uganda Cup: Holders Vipers begin title defence against Kigezi Homeboyz

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Vipers players celebrate Sentamu's goal. His 15th of the season

David GOMBE

Vipers SC kick off their Stanbic Uganda Cup expedition with a round of 64 tie against Kigezi Homeboyz on Monday.

The game was earlier postponed since Vipers has players who were part of the National team in January when the round of 64 ties were played.

The Kitende outfit won the 47th edition of the competition last season after humbling BUL 8-1 in the final at the Njeru Technical centre.

Vipers head coach Robertinho Oliviera says their objective this season is to win the cup double

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“Our objective is to be champions in the league and Uganda Cup but in football everything is possible.” The game against Kigezi will help us rotate the squad since every after three days we have a game and it’s not possible to use the same team.”

Bobosi Byaruhanga and Ibrahim Orit are still on the sidelines.

Vipers is expected to hand new signing Bob Olouch his debut.

Kigezi Homeboyz are currently top of the Western Region table with 15 points garnered in 6 games this season. They have won five and suffered defeat once.

Last season, they eliminated Kitara at the round of 32 to reach the last 16 where they were ejected by runners up BUL FC.

This season, they beat Rwampara Bulls FC 3-0 to reach the round of 64.

They will look up skipper Alex Mandera, Semata John and Edson Nkahebwa for inspiration.

The winner of the contest will face Kalongo United in the round of 32 on Saturday, 26th February.

Match officials

Referee Nkurunziza George
Assistant 1:Mafumu Mustapha
Assistant 2. Musisi Brianson
4th official. Turyamureeba Paul
MA:Kakooza Emmy

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