July 5, 2022

SUPL: Vipers hold onto top spot

By Allan Damba

Vipers SC maintained their StarTimes Uganda Premier League table lead with an emphatic 3-1 win over BUL FC on Wednesday at the Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe.

A Najib Yiga brace and a late strike from Yunus Sentamu ensured the Venoms extended their lead to 36 points.

After a cagey start to the game by both sides, Vipers finally threatened and could have scored in the 18th minute, but Milton Karisa’s shot from outside the box dragged just a few inches wide to leave it level.

However, it’s the hosts that drew first blood through Walter Ochora’s well-timed header past goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora after a 20th-minute corner kick.

It did not take long for the guests to level matters through Yiga’s brilliant shot from outside the box in the 22nd minute.

The Venoms should have made it two at 32 minutes, but Cesar Manzoki missed a sitter after being found by a good Karisa pass.

A minute later, following a Bright Anukani corner, Manzoki turned provider to Yiga to make it 2-1 and complete a personal brace.

Ten minutes into the second half, Manzoki should have extended the lead after a superb ball from Karisa, but custodian Emmanuel Kalyowa did well with a timely block.

At 74 minutes, the home team almost grabbed an equalizer through Ibrahim Nsimbe, only for Livingstone Mulondo to make a superb interception.

A minute to the end, substitute Sentamu added a third, superbly tucking in a good ball from Denis Mwemezi.

Vipers will return to action with a home bout against Arua Hill SC on February 12 whereas, on the same day, BUL will welcome Wakiso Giants.

How they lined up

BUL FC XI: Emmanuel Kalyowa (GK), Aggrey Madoi, Douglas Muganga, Walter Ochora, George Kasonko, Pascal Ngobi, Hillary Onek, Ibrahim Kazindula, Simon Oketch, Karim Ndugwa, Ibrahim Nsimbe

Substitutions: John Okurut, Lawrence Kasadha, Reagan Kalyowa, Joram Kirya, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Martin Aprem, Richard Wandyaka

Vipers SC XI: Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Halid Lwalilwa (c), Livingstone Mulondo, Disan Ggaliwango, Siraje Ssentamu, Najib Yiga, Bright Anukani, Milton Karisa, Cesar Manzoki, Yunus Sentamu

Substitutions: Denis Kiggundu (GK), Hillary Mukundane, Karim Watambala, Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Denis Mwemezi, Musa Ssali, Dan Serunkuuma

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