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Uganda Premier League | Friday Results

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[/media-credit] Milton Karisa scored two goals for Vipers Sports Club against KCCA at St Mary’s Stadium Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Vipers Sports Club has consolidated their grip to the summit of Uganda Premier League after a well worked out 3-2 victory against the reigning champions, KCCA FC at St Mary’s stadium, Kitende on Friday.

Milton Karisa scored a brace and Erisa Ssekisambu netted the other as Edward Golola master minded a great victory, the second in quick succession after 3-1 win against Masavu at a time head coach Miguel Da Costa remains suspended.

Live wire striker Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban got the two KCCA goals on the road.

Shaban lit up the charged match with a great headed effort off Timothy Awany’s long free-kick as early as the 12th minute.

The joy was short lived with Milton Karisa’s equalizer off a goal melee came three minutes later.

There were yellow cards shown to Vipers’ Tadeo Lwanga and Shaban after 18 minutes following a brawl between the two players.

Erisa Ssekisambu shot home team ahead in the first minute of the two added minutes, a fierce shot from 18 yards past goalkeeper Charles Lukwago.

The Venoms led 2-1 when the two clubs returned for the mandatory half time.

KCCA introduced Patrick Kaddu for Allan Okello at the start of the second half but Vipers returned a hungrier side.

Dan Sserunkuma set up Moses Waiswa who hit the right post of KCCA goal.

Vipers’ captain Nico Wadada was cautioned after 51 minutes for a malicious foul.

Four minutes later, Vipers would have scored a third but Sserunkuma’s back heel was cleared by off the line by Awany.

Shaban had a chance to make amends but his diving header narrowly missed target off a great cross from Julius Poloto.

On the hour mark, Solomon Okwalinga replaced Lawrence Bukenya for KCCA’s second change.

Two minutes after the hour mark, Wadada cleared off the line after headed effort from Shaban.

Vipers introduced Brian Nkuubi for a largely effective left winger Duncan Sseninde in the 65th minute.

With twenty minutes left on the clock, former KCCA skipper Tom Masiko replaced Moses Waiswa, a move engineered to add numbers in the Vipers’ midfield.

On the 80th minute, Karisa calmly tapped home the third after a great laid ball from the left by Yayo Lutimba.

Moments later, Shaban scored an acrobatic volley to give the match tense finish with the scores at 3-2.

There were two other yellow cards to Vipers’ duo of Karisa and Nkuubi

Inside the final five minutes, Clovis Mbayi Moussa replaced Sserunkuma to hold onto the lead.

The final whistle was treated with wild cheers by the home players, officials and fans alike as they remain top on 52 points, three ahead of second place SC Villa Jogoo who travel to Mbarara City on Saturday.

Team Line ups:

Vipers Sports Club XI: Ismail Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Captain), Yayo Lutimba, Duncan Sseninde (62’ Brian Nkuubi), Bashir Asiku, Geofrey Wasswa, Tadeo Lwanga, Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa (70’ Tom Masiko), Dan Sserunkuma (85’ Moussa Clovis Mbayi), Erisa Ssekisambu

Subs Not Used: Eric Kibowa (G.K), Deus Bukenya, Pius Wangi, Steven Mukwala

Head coach: Edward Golola

KCCA XI: Charles Lukwago (G.K), Filbert Obenchan, Timothy Denis Awany (Captain), Paul Musamali, Lawrence Bukenya (60’ Solomon Okwalinga), Isaac Kirabira, Julius Poloto, Mustafa Kizza, Allan Okello (46’ Patrick Kaddu), Paul Mucureezi, Shaban Muhammed

Subs Not Used: Tom Ikara (G.K), Habibu Kavuma, Ibrahim Wamaani, Denis Okot Oola, Walter Ochora

Head coach: Mike Hilary Mutebi

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Ali Sabila
  • 1st Assistant Referee: Mark Ssonko
  • 2nd Assistant Referee: Musa Balikoowa Ngobi
  • Fourth Official: Brian Miiro Nsubuga
  • Media Officer: Abdu Wasike

Reactions:

Mike Mutebi, manager KCCA:

This game has been a reflection of offensive football. Vipers slightly better than KCCA. Good performance. Fight is still on. We did not expect to lose. We expected a good result. We have 50 percent chances of defending the championship. Referee was satisfactory on the day but had a balance component, the Ugandan way.

Edward Golola, acting head coach of Vipers:

I thank the Executive of Vipers for the support. I also thank the technical team headed by Miguel Da Costa and players for the character shown. At the moment I cannot talk about the title at the moment. Each match is a like a cup final.

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

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