Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma will feature for Vipers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Premier League:

  • Sport Club Villa Jogoo 0-1 Vipers

Vipers Sports Club became the first club to defeat SC Villa Jogoo home and away this season in the Uganda Premier League.

Vipers Sports Club XI prior to facing SC Villa Jogoo in Masaka on Tuesday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

The venoms were not only elegant, clinical, articulate, but also solid throughout their 1-0 second round victory over the Jogoos at Masaka Recreational Stadium on Tuesday.

Dread locked diminutive center forward Daniel ‘Muzeyi’ Sserunkuma was the hero with the day’s lone strike on the half hour mark before hundreds of fans.

Sserunkuma, a mid-season recruit from Express was well stationed to shoot into the roof of the net.

The intelligent center forward chest controlled a poorly headed clearance from captain Bernard Muwanga who collided with his defensive partner, Musa Mukasa before a totally unmarked Sserunkuma utilized the acres of space granted to fire home the only goal on the day.

Earlier in the game, SC Villa striker Alex ‘Benzema’ Kitata failed to find contact onto Martin Kizza’s well curled corner on the quarter hour mark.

Vipers’ left winger Duncan Sseninde shot narrowly wide two minutes later as the visitors built the confidence.

[/media-credit] SC Villa Jogoo’s Martin Kizza (left) dribbles the ball away as Tadeo Lwanga closes by Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Kizza got booked after he collided with Vipers goalkeeper Ismail Watenga in the 19th minute.

Allan Kyambadde watched on in disbelief when his shot from an acute angle on the right missed target by inches in the 27th minute.

Sserunkuma beat Samson Kirya for the beauty after chesting down a teasing Brian Nkuubi cross from the right.

Milton Karisa would have made it two six minutes to the mandatory half time break but he was denied by SC Villa goalkeeper Samson Kirya in a one against one incident following a telling through ball from Sserunkuma.

In the second half, the home team made two changes at the start of the last 45 minutes.

Yaya Mahad and Yubu Bogere replaced Abel Eturude and Godfrey Lwesibawa respectively at the on-start of the second half.

[/media-credit] SC Villa Jogoo XI vs Vipers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Ten minutes into the second half, Watenga nearly gifted SC Villa a free goal when he failed to hold firm a harm-less free-kick from Kyambadde but Bogere arrived late for the tap in.

Moments later it was SC Villa again on the offensive.

Bogere combined with Kitata after a Wadada slip but Watenga rose to the occasion to tame the chance and force a corner for the home team.

On the hour mark, Kizza was culprit, shooting wide from close range with his weaker right foot following a Kitata headed assist.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Bogere again missed inside the area after John Adriko’s rare assist.

[/media-credit] Wasswa Bbosa was left speechless after the loss to Vipers at Masaka Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE
[/media-credit] Vipers technical bench led by Portuguese national Miguel Da Costa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

In the last five minutes, the chance for SC Villa Jogoo to equalize and earn a point was put to waste by Bogere who headed over the bar a teasing Kyambadde cross from the left.

Nkuubi injured after an industrious display paved way for midfielder Moses Waiswa.

The loss was SC Villa Jogoo’s first at Masaka since relocating to the venue in 2017.

Each club had three players booked by center Referee Mashood Ssali. Kizza, Muwanga and Adriko got cautioned for Vipers whilst Nkuubi, Karisa and hard tackling midfielder Tadeo Lwanga were also booked for Vipers.

Vipers goalkeeper with a splendid drop kick during the match against SC Villa in Masaka. He was on tip top form Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Despite the loss, SC Villa Jogoo maintains their grip on the summit on 49 points from 24 games.

Vipers displace KCCA in second place although both clubs have played a game less than SC Villa Jogoo.

The Venoms, whose supporters were involved in a fatal accident enrounte to Masaka at Nakirebe, have now  accumulated 46 points to KCCA’s 45.

KCCA was held to a one all draw away by Onduparaka at the Green Light Stadium in the West Nile region of Arua Municipality.

The match officials with the two team captains prior to kick off at Masaka Recreational Stadium Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Team Line Ups:

SC Villa XI:

Samson Kirya(GK), Musa Mukasa, John Adriko, Bernard Muwanga (Captain), Henry Katongole, Nicholas Kasozi, Abel Eturude (46’ Yaya Mahad), Allan Kyambadde, Alex  Kitata (80’ George Senkaba), Godfrey Lwesibawa (46’ Yubu Bogere), Martin Kizza

Subs Not Used:

Yusuf Wasswa (GK), Vitalis Tabu, Simon Serunkuma, Issa Lumu

Vipers XI:

Ismail Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Captain), Duncan Sseninde (57’ Deus Bukenya), Halid Lwaliwa, Geofrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku, Tadeo Lwanga, Brian Nkuubi (70’ Moses Waiswa), Duncan Sseninde, Erisa Ssekisambu, Milton Karisa, Daniel Sserunkuma (84’ Baden Ogama)

Subs Not Used:

James Alitho (G.K), Tom Masiko, Pius Wangi, Steven Mukwala

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

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