By Allan Damba
Referee Ronald Madanda and his assistants were pelted with stones after allowing two contested Vipers goals in their 2-0 victory over SC Villa at the Bombo Barracks Stadium in Bombo.
The victory helped Vipers progress to the Stanbic Uganda Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 aggregate victory.
The fans bitterly expressed their anger towards Madanda after counting Bobosi Byaruhanga’s free-kick on 28 minutes which they claimed the ball did not cross the line after Derrick Ndahiro seemed to have cleared the ball off the line.
As he headed to the dressing room with the rest of his team, stones flooded the pitch from the home supporters.
At the hour-mark, Villa’s Ronald Ssekiganda was sent for an early shower for a second bookable offence to stir more anger among the Jogoo faithful.
With 14 minutes to play, another strongly contested goal was given after Milton Karisa’s shot bounced off the crossbar and onto the goal line before it was cleared, but the second assistant referee signalled that the ball had crossed the line.
This prompted the Villa players to halt play for some minutes before they later agreed to proceed following a series of discussions.
Edward Kaziba’s Villa started with a negative approach to the game as they looked to hold on for a barren draw that would eventually have seen them progress to the last four.
After the 2-0 loss, they will have to wait longer to match joint record-holders Express FC and KCCA FC who are on ten each. Villa won their last Uganda Cup title in 2015.
The defeat further highlights Villa’s dismal campaign. They are now all but certain for another trophyless season as they lie eighth in the league on 36 points.
Vipers have their chances boosted for a second Uganda cup winners medal having won the first five years back in a 3-1 Onduparaka beating in 2016.
How they lined up
SC Villa XI: Martin Ssenkooto (GK) Joseph Nsubuga, Derrick Ndahiro, Geoffrey Wasswa, Moses Kiggundu, Fred Agandu, Ronald Ssekiganda, Saddam Masereka, Isaac Ogwang, Nicholas Kabonge, Andrew Kiwanuka
Vipers SC XI: Bashir Ssekagya (GK), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Livingstone Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Orit, Ceaser Manzoki, Yunus Ssentamu