Vipers players celebrate at St Mary's Stadium Credit: John Batanudde

Uganda Premier League (Match Day 13): Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Results:

  • Vipers 3-0 SC Villa
  • Soltilo Bright Stars 0-2 BUL
  • Kitara 3-2 Wakiso Giants

Vipers outsmarted a 10-man SC Villa 3-0 on Matchday 13 of the Uganda Premier League on Wednesday, 10th March 2021 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

Dan Sserunkuma, Yunus Ssentamu and defender Paul Willa scored for Fred Kajoba’s side.

As early as the second minute, Vipers showed intent and character to attack from the on-start.

Right-winger Ibrahim Orit had a cross pushed away by the SC Villa goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige.

On the quick break, SC Villa’s forward Francis Olaki shot narrowly wide.

There was a scary moment for the hosts in the next minutes but they defended well in numbers to tame the Jogoo threats.

The breakthrough moment came in the 8th minute when the Jogoos shot-stopper Kibirige had a weak clearance won by David Bagoole.

The midfielder released dreadlocked striker Dan Sserunkuma to curl the home for the opener.

Ibrahim Orit, Dan Serunkuma and Yunus Sentamu Credit: John Batanudde

Three minutes later, Vipers were celebrating once again. Sserunkuma combined with left winger Disan Galiwango on the left to set up Yunus Ssentamu for the second goal via a simple tap-in.

Vipers’ defender Rashid Toha was cautioned for a deliberate handball on 13 minutes but SC Villa’s Francis Olaki protested for a harsh punishment and instead got booked as well.

By the quarter-hour, Vipers had an upper hand and nearly missed the third goal when Yunus Ssentamu was slow to meet Galiwango’s cross inside the Jogoo goal area.

SC Villa reacted with midfielder Ronald Ssekiganda’s penetrative pass for Olaki who got dispossessed by the Vipers’ defender Bashir Asiku.

Orit, on the Vipers’ right flank, eluded his marker (Andrew Kiwanuka) but the cross from the diminutive winger was disappointing, over the goal.

Two minutes to the half-hour mark, Toha brought down Olaki 25 yards away but the resultant free-kick by Derrick Ndahiiro hit the defensive wall.

Another Orit cross from the right wing on 32 minutes was too high for Yunus Ssentamu to nod at the back post.

The Jogoos remained focused to pull back a goal when right back Fred Agandu swung in a cross from the right but Nicholas Kabonge failed to control the ball inside the goal area before Yunus Ssentamu cleared the line.

Vipers’ Karim Watambala executed an inswinging free-kick in the 37th minute but the intended target (Rashid Toha) failed to nod the ball.

SC Villa’s Joseph Nsubuga got cautioned for a malicious tackle onto Sserunkuma in the 38th minute.

With 5 minutes to play in the opening stanza, Derrick Ndahiiro corner-kick executed a corner-kick headed at the back post by the day’s Jogoo captain, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa before Toha cleared away the ball.

Ronald Ssekiganda shot way off target from 40 yards in the 42nd minute.

Vipers’ right back Paul Willa (Vipers) is cautioned for a lunge onto Derrick Ndahiiro as the opening half ended 2-0 in favour of the home side.

David Bagole and Yunus Sentamu celebrate the Venoms’ second goal on the sunny evening. Credit: John Batanudde

Upon restart of the second stanza of the game, SC Villa reacted with a change. Stylish midfielder Abdallah Salim was pushed on for a rusty Kabonge.

Five minutes into the second half, Orit headed out Galiwango’s inswinging corner-kick.

The Jogoos called for a double change in the 57th minute. Faizo Kazibwe and Goffin Oyirwoth were introduced for Olaki and Kiwanuka respectively.

Two minutes later, the home side also called for a double change with Congolese forward Ceaser Manzoki replacing Ssserunkuma as David Bagoole paved way for Paul Mucureezi.

Willa shot off target from 25 yards in the 63rd minute.

SC Villa was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the goal area when goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora fouled just outside the goal area. Abdallah Salim’s effort hits the defensive wall.

Oyirwoth beat Galiwango but his cross was headed out by Ssekiganda.

With 18 minutes left on the clock, Vipers made another double change;.Jamil Kalisa replaced Abdul Karim Watambala as Allan Kayiwa took over Yunus Ssentamu’s slot.

Faizo Kazibwe registered a shot on target but it was an easy collection for goalkeeper Mutombora.

Vipers attained numerical advantage in the 78th with Joseph Nsubuga’s second booking as the right back was sent off for an early shower.

Paul Willa scored the home side’s third goal with a direct shot after a lung-bursting run down the right flank in the 80th minute.

As the celebrations for the goal went on, the final fifth and final change witnessed midfielder Musa Ssali take over Orit’s place.

SC Villa had their last change with striker Isaac Ogwang replacing Kazibwe in the first of the

Manzoki had a header tamed by goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige at the game death before the Congolese forward had another effort disallowed for an off-side call.

The Venoms reclaim the summit position ahead of their visit to Ndejje University to face the tax collectors, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) on Saturday.

Both Vipers and URA are on 30 points apiece.

2020-21 Uganda Premier League Table

PosTeamPWDLFAGDPtsFormNext
117123240142639
W W W
217123227121539
W L W
31610512581735
D W W
41793541142730
L W L
51684432161628
D L W

Meanwhile, Kitara recorded their first win of the season, overcoming Wakiso Giants 3-2 at the Kavumba Recreational Stadium in Wakiso.

BUL defeated Soltilo Bright Stars 2-0 in the second game at Kavumba.

Team Line Ups, Match & Team Officials:

Vipers XI: Fabien Mutombora (GK – 1), Paul Willa (15), Disan Galiwango (3), Rashid Toha (35), Halid Lwaliwa (21 – Captain), Siraje Ssentamu (6), David Bagoole (20), Karim Watambala (25), Dan Sserunkuma (13), Yunus Ssentamu (12), Ibrahim Orit (7)

Changes:

  • 59’ Ceaser Manzoki ON, Dan Ssserunkuma OFF
  • 59’ Paul Mucureezi ON, David Bagoole OFF
  • 72’ Allan Kayiwa ON, Yunus Ssentamu OFF
  • 72’ Jamir Kalisa ON, Abdul Karim Watambala OFF
  • 81’ Musa Sssali ON, Ibrahim Orit OFF

Subs Not Used: Bashir Ssekagya (1), Bashir Asiku (5)

Team officials:

  • Head coach: Fred Kajoba Kisitu
  • Assistant coach: Paul Kiwanuka
  • Goalkeeping coach: Ibrahim Mugisha

SC Villa XI: Meddie Kibirige (G.K – 23), Fred Agandu (31), Andrew Kiwanuka (20), Joseph Nsubuga (2), Emmanuel Wasswa Alex (8), Amir Kakomo (6), Ronald Ssekiganda (13), Muhammed Ssenoga (24), Nicholas Kabonge (25), Ronald Olaki (15), Derrick Ndahiro (3)

Changes:

  • 46’ Abdallah Salim ON, Nicholas Kabonge OFF
  • 57’ Faizo Kazibwe ON, Ronald Francis Olaki OFF
  • 57’ Goffin Oyirwoth ON, Andrew Kiwanuka OFF
  • 90’ Isaac Ogwang ON, Faizo Kazibwe OFF

Subs Not Used: Martin Ssenkooto (G.K-1), Sadam Masereka (32), Derrick Ssekiranda (16)

Team officials:

  • Head coach: Edward Kaziba
  • Assistant coach: Ibrahim Kirya

Match officials:

  • Center Referee: Mashood Ssali
  • Assistant Referee 1: Dick Okello
  • Assistant Referee 2: Isa Masembe
  • Fourth Official: Ali Sabira
  • Commissioner: Ali Tomusange

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

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