Milton Karisa takes on the BUL opponent (Credit: David Isabirye)

Uganda Premier League 2021-2022 (Match Day 16):

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Results:

  • BUL 1-3 Vipers
  • KCCA 1-0 URA

BUL Football Club squandered the lead to fall 3-1 against Vipers at the Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe in Jinja city on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

Najib Yiga scored a brace and Yunus Junior Sentamu added the other for Vipers.

Defender Walter Ochora’s sweet half volley turned into a mere consolation for the Alex Isabirye coached side.

Former KCCA defender Ochora volleyed the hosts ahead in the 20th minute following a corner kick by Ceaser Ibrahim Kazindula.

This happened after a careless corner kick conceded by Burundian goalkeeper Fabian Mutombora.

The joy was short-lived with a quickly taken goal by Najib Yiga three minutes later.

Uganda U-20 midfielder Yiga shot from 20 yards past goalkeeper Emmanuel Kalyowa for the equalizer.

Yiga doubled the lead in the 33rd minute as the Venoms took command of the game heading to the mandatory halfway break. A well-delivered corner-kick by Bright Anukani was headed to Manzoki who set up Yiga to tap into the net at the back post.

Bright Anukani delivers the corner kick which resulted into the second goal (Credit: David Isabirye)

BUL swiftly reacted with a double change as the first half climaxed.

Defender Pascal Ngoobi and midfielder Ibrahim Kazindula were rested for Martin Aprem and Jerome Kirya respectively.

The opportunity to grab a hat-trick for Yiga was missed following a blocked shot on the stroke of halftime.

Ten minutes into the second half, pacy winger Milton Karisa crossed for Ceaser Lobi Manzoki but the latter’s overhead kick was stopped by goalkeeper Kalyowa.

BUL left back Aggrey Madoi, a former Vipers’ player, nearly scored a distant goal in the 63rd minute but the looping shot flew over the goalposts from over 40 yards.

Manzoki missed the chance to score when he headed out a Yunus Sentamu cross from the left with 17 minutes to play.

BUL teenager Reagan Kalyowa had a shot fly over in the 79th minute before the hosts’ double change as Ibrahim Nsiimbe and an injured Jerome Kirya were rested for Ibrahim Mugulusi and Richard Wandyaka respectively.

Vipers players celebrate their second goal scored by Najib Yiga (Credit: David Isabirye)

Vipers’ January recruit Hilary Mukundane made his long-awaited debut with 8 minutes to play as replaced an injured Najib.

Five minutes later Denis Mwemezi came in for Karisa. Mwemezi’s pace troubled the hosts instantly.

First, the former Ssese forward ran a distance of over 80 meters but the final ball intended for Manzoki was way too fast.

Moments later, Mwemezi crossed for Yunus Junior Sentamu who tapped in at the back post on the stroke of full time.

Najib Yiga shows off his man of the match plaque (Credit: David Isabirye)

The two-goal hero Yiga was deservedly named the pilsner man of the match, earning Shs. 100,000 and a plaque.

Vipers secured their 11th victory of the season in 16 outings as they extended their lead at the summit on 36 points.

BUL suffered their fourth loss of the campaign as they stay 7th with 26 points.

Meanwhile, KCCA edged URA 1-0 courtesy of Patrick Henry Kaddu’s second-minute strike at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.

BUL XI Vs Vipers (Credit: David Isabirye)

Team Line Ups:

BUL XI: Emmanuel Kalyowa (G.K), Douglas Muganga, Aggrey Madoi, Walter Ochora, Pascal Ngobi, George Kasonko (Captain), Hilary Onek, Ibrahim Kazindula, Simon Peter Oketch, Karim Ndugwa, Ibrahim Nsimbe

Subs: John Okurut (G.K), Lawrence Kasadha, Reagan Kalyowa, Joram Kirya, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Martin Aprem, Richard Wandyaka

Head coach: Alex Isabirye

Vipers XI Vs BUL (Credit: David Isabirye)

Vipers XI: Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, Livingstone Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa (G.K), Siraje Sentamu, Najib Yiga, Milton Karisa, Bright Anukani, Ceaser Lobi Manzoki, Yunus Junior Sentamu

Subs: Derrick Kiggundu (G.K), Hilary Mukundane, Davis Ssali, Abdul-Karim Watambala, Frank Tumwesigye Zagga, Denis Mwemezi, Daniel Muzeyi Sserunkuma

Head coach: Roberto Oliveria

BUL and Vipers captains with the match officials prior to kick off (Credit: David Isabirye)

Match officials:

  • Center Referee: Ashadu Ssemeere
  • Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Mafumu
  • Assistant Referee 2: Sharif Lulenzi
  • Fourth Official: Muzamiru Ngobi Waiswa
  • Assessor: Ali Kalyango

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

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