Vipers' Milton Kalisa reacts to a wasted opportunity against Lweza Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Vipers 2-0 Lweza

[/media-credit] Tony Odur in action for Vipers SC against Lweza FC. He scored Vipers’ opener. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Vipers Sports Club overcame Lweza 2-0 in the ‘Entebbe road’ derby played on Tuesday at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

January signing Milton Kariisa, an aquisition from Jinja out-fit BUL was in scintillating form, creating one and scoring another in a fairly attended game

Following a wasteful first half for Vipers that witnessed a series of missed chances,  the game came to life four minutes after restart.

Kariisa crossed for Tony Odur to tap past goalkeeper Ivan Mutumba for the opener before the former Bul play maker scored off a corner by second half substitute, Moses Waiswa.

The match was one of the eight games on the as the second round of the Uganda Premier League got underway.

Erisa Ssekisambu, Odur and Deus Bukenya came close for Vipers, currently preparing for a CAF Confederations Cup game on Sunday against Comoros side, Volcan De Moroni.

Asuman Buyinza was the only player booked by FIFA Referee Brian Miiro Nsubuga in the opening 45 minutes.

Lweza virtually struggled to get a footing in the game with their only attempt at goal in the first half falling to Owen Kasule with a weak shot at goal that Isma Watenga easily collected.

As the second half commenced, the Vipers’ technical bench took off a pedestrian Mike Sserumaga for the exciting midfielder Moses Waiswa.

Waiswa, one of the club mid season signings for Richard Wasswa and Moses Golola’s coached side almost created instant impact.

The midfielder, formerly playing in Sweden released Erisa Ssekisambu as the second half kicked off but the ex-Villa forward was denied by goalie Ivan Mutumba in a one against one incident.

It was Vipers once again with a diagonal ball from Waiswa finding the industrious skipper Wadada on the right.

Wadada released another new signing Milton Kariisa on the right before the later beautifully dispossessed Moses Nsubuga on the left.

Kariisa’s pin point cross was tapped home by a well stationed Tony Odur for the opener.

Moments later Waiswa was provider for Karisa’s goal with a beautifully curled corner kick.

Gangly young forward Francis Onekalit came in for a wasteful Ssekisambu goal hero Odur paved way for Musa Esenu.

Lweza granted Jeremiah Ssebuyira a new lease of life in Uganda’s football when he came in for Owen Kasule inside the final quarter of the game.

Further, there was a double change for Lweza with Abdul Karim Kasule and Hassan Kikoyo replacing Charles Sempa and Francis Sembatya respectively.

Sula Bagala was booked for a malicious foul on Kariisa in virtually the last key note piece of action.

The victory helps Vipers leapfrog Onduparaka and SC Villa as they go second with 27 points.

Team Line ups:

Vipers XI: Ismael Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Dan Birikwalira, Shafiq Bakaki, Deus Bukenya, Kezironi Kizito, Mike Sserumaga, Milton
Karisa, Tony Odur, Erisa Ssekisambu

Subs: James Alitho (G.K), Bashir Asiku, Aggrey Madoi, Moses Waiswa, Brian Nkuubi, Musa Esenu, Francis Onekalit

Lweza XI: Ivan Mutumba Mansur (G.K), Sula Bagala,  Moses Nsubuga, Asuman Buyinza, Mancco Kaweesa, Panta Leo, Owen Kasule, Francis Sembatya, Charles Sempa, Ronald Muganga

Changes:
Abdul Karim Kasule replaced Charles Sempa
Hassan Kikoyo Replaced Francis Sembatya

Subs: Julius Seguya (G.K), Hassan Kikoyo, Ismail Kazibwe, Abdul Karim Kasule, Jeremiah Ssebuyira

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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