Uganda Premier League:
Lweza F.C 2-1 Vipers S.C
Second half substitute, Geoffrey Sserunkuma scored deep in the fourth minute of added time to give Lweza Football Club a deserved 2-1 victory over reigning champions, Vipers at Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku on Tuesday.
In a well attended match dubbed the Entebbe road derby, Vipers started the better side on the day when Erisa Ssekisambu had an easy run to the hosts’ goal but his 10th minute shot from about 15 yards was well tamed by goalie Charles Lukwago.
Eight minutes later, Lweza F.C had their own test at the opposition territory.
Mid-season signing Emmanuel Kalyowa chipped for partner in crime, Fred Kalanzi although the latter’s effort with the weaker left footed was merely a gift to Ismael Watenga.
Watenga was making his first return to action since suffering that horrible hamstring injury during the CHAN 2016 Championship in Rwanda.
Come the 23rd minute, Lweza technical bench was forced into an early substitution when Juma Balinya limped out for Hassan Kikoyo.
Vipers’ stocky midfielder, Brian Nkuubi missed from an acute angle in the 33rd minute but Ssekisambu reacted slower to pounce the re-bound.
For the remainder of the half, there were no clear cut chances as the first 45 minutes remained score-less.
Six minutes into the second stanza of the game, Vipers introduced Allan Kyambadde for Kezironi Kizito meanwhile Lweza called out Fred Kalanzi for a more robust Moses Ndaula.
The two changes caused an instant impact for either side.
Lweza now perfected the ball possession as Vipers waited for that quick counter.
Two minutes to the hour mark, John Ssemazzi came on for the tired legs of a burly Mike Mutyaba.
The defining moment of the game arrived in the 69th minute when Ndwaula raced onto the ball faster than the advancing goalie Watenga.
The forward booted the ball between the legs of Watenga and laid the ball for a totally unmarked Sula Bagala who executed the easiest of all taps into an empty net for the opener.
Vipers executed their final change of the day three minutes later with teenager, Pius ‘Muzei’ Wanji replacing Ibrahim Saddam Juma.
Ten minutes to the game climax, Lweza brought on veteran striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma for Emmanuel Kalyowa.
Lukwago acrobatically parried Ssemazzi’s header for a corner kick before the former SCVU and Proline goalie paid dearly for indecisiveness.
Racing onto a through ball, Lukwago failed to clear the ball to safety which won Vipers a corner.
Erisa Ssekisambu (L) scored the equaliser for Vipers
Five minutes to end of normal time, left back Aggrey Madoi curled in the resultant effort that Ssekisambu powerfully headed home amidst a forest of bodies in the Lweza goal area.
Inside the four minutes of added time, FIFA Referee Brian Miiro Nsubuga was prompted to issue the only caution of the day to Hassan Kikoyo for protesting a called decision.
The culprit answered positively when he orchestrated a quick counter-attack from right back Fred Okot’s long ball from defence.
Kikoyo’s beautiful no-look pass found Ndawula, who then passed to Bagala.
Bagala laid the ball in Sserunkuma’s path and the veteran forward made no mistake from 10 yards for the winner.
Geoffrey Sserunkuma (C) netted the winner for Lweza in stoppage time
For their hard fought victory, Lweza now accumulates 25 points to displace Jinja Municipal Council Hippos in 10th place.
Vipers will curse the unfortunate result that also condemns them to their fourth season loss because they have failed to cut leaders KCCA F.C’s four point lead to one.
The Kitende based side who host their home games in Buikwe remain on 31 points, but have played a game less of KCCA.
The next match day 19 fixtures shall be played on Friday, 11th March 2016.
Team Line Ups:
Lweza F.C XI: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Fred Okot, Nestroy Kizito, Mike Kabanda, Swaibu Mudde, Julius Mutyaba, Paddy Muhumuza, Fred Kalanzi (63′ Moses Ndawula), Juma Balinya (23′ Hassan Kikoyo), Emmanuel Kalyowa (80′ Geofrey Sserunkuma), Sula Bagala
Subs Not Used: Julius Seguya, Yudah Mugalu, Ayub Kisaliita, Rajab Kakooza
Vipers SC XI: Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nicolas Wadada (C), Aggrey Madoi, Halid Luwalira,Yusuf Mukisa, Deus Bukenya, Erisa Ssekisambu, Kezironi Kizito (51’Allan Kyambadde), Mike Mutyaba (61′ John Semazzi), Ibrahim Saddam Juma (71′ Pius Wanji), Brian Nkuubi
Subs Not Used: Musa Malunda, Hassan Kalega, Siraje Sentamu