A scintillating Vipers SC display ensured they beat BUL FC 8-1 to clinch their second Uganda Cup at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Sunday.
The Venoms’ first half display was a thing of beautiful football, dominating the Jinja side on the ball and ensuring four goals passed goalkeeper Shanon Mulabi who limped throughout the match.
It did not take long for the champions to grab the lead, Colossus defender Livingstone Mulondo heading in Bobosi Byaruhanga’s delivery after just five minutes.
This came only two minutes after Milton Karisa’s headed goal had been ruled out for offside after only three minutes.
Bobosi yet again showcased superb vision to find Ceasor Manzoki at the near post from a freekick but the Congolese header was inches away from the target with ten minutes on the clock.
At 20 minutes, BUL’s Simon Peter Oketch saw his shot go off target from outside the box. It was followed by Owen Mukisa’s long range shot which ended in Fabien Mutombora’a gloves after 33 minutes.
However, in between the two attempts, prolific marksman, Yunus Sentamu had doubled Vipers lead, tucking home skipper Paul Willa’s beautiful ball.
Sentamu should have stretched the lead by 35 minutes but his volley missed the target after excellent vision, yet again from Bobosi.
A minute later though, talisman Manzoki made it three, showing great stretch to meet Karisa’s perfectly weighted cross and sliding the ball in.
The shirt nine was on target yet again in the 38th minute, showing incredible power and resilience to assuredly fire in the fourth of the day to cap off a stunning first half.
Five minutes after reopening, head coach Roberto Oliveira’s boys added a fifth, Sentamu showing great technique, controlling the ball superbly, turning and hitting home on the half volley for his second.
At 55 minutes, the 2020/21 league topscorer added a sixth to complete his hattrick, off a brilliant high ball from Bobosi.
BUL’s miseries were far from over as goalkeeper Mulabi was forced off after failing to push further for an injury he carried throughout the match. And without a registered replacement, forward Musa Esenu was forced between the sticks.
Esenu was met with a beating of his own after he failed to deal with Karisa’s deflected freekick to make it seven on the day.
With an hour played, Vipers goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora was forced off after sustaining an injury, with Denis Kiggundu coming on for his Cup debut.
That didn’t stop Vipers, Sentamu made it four of his own and eight for the team in the 66th minute, striking from the box off substitute Karim Watambala’s pass.
At 72 minutes, substitute Hamis Tibita pulled one back for BUL but it was too little too late to inflict any damage to the Kitende side.
Bobosi almost spectacularly scored from his own half after spotting Esenu off the line but could not make it high enough for the ‘goalkeeper’ to gather.
The absolutely excellent victory implies Oliveira has started off his tenure with a title to his name and headed into the new season, he will surely fancy his chances to win the Uganda Premier League trophy.
How they lined up
Vipers: Fabien Mutombora(GK), Paul Willa (c), Livingstone Mulondo, Disan Ggaliwango, Bashir Asiku, Sirajje Ssentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, David Bagole, Milton Karisa, Ceasor Manzoki, Yunus Sentamu
Substitutions: Denis Kiggundu (GK), Aziz Kayondo, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Orit, Allan Kayiwa, Paul Mucureezi, Dan Sserunkuuma.
BUL: Shanon Mulabi(GK), Allan Kiggundu, Fredson Gwoto, Aggrey Madoi, Owen Mukisa, Simon Oketch, Akol Geoffrey, Musa Esenu, Joseph Semujju, Walter Ochora, Aprem
Substitutions: Ambrose Kiirya, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Richard Wadyaka, Hamis Tibita, Thomas Kabale.