StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL)
- FT Vipers SC 2-0 Mbarara City FC
Uganda Cranes duo of Najib Yiga and Milton Karisa scored the important goals for the Venoms to bag three points against the Ankole Lions in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played on Tuesday at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
Young star Yiga scored late in the first half (44th) minute when he connected his head well to left back Disan Galiwango’s cross and Karisa using his pace beat the back line to put the icing on the cake in the 66th minute.
Former venom Henry Kitegenyi caused the early problems to the hosts, won an early golden free kick in the 3rd minute which was put to waste and his left footed attempt went inches off the mark in the 5th minute.
Yunus Sentamu got the Venoms’ first attempt but his long range shot was pushed away by goal keeper Ssekeeba in the 7th minute.
Mbarara City head coach Sadiq Sempigi made a quick substitution in the 23rd minute, brought on Ivan Otude for David Ojok who was also later substituted.
Before Ojok was taken off, he had got chance to put his side in the lead but his effort hit the goal frame close to the 20th minute mark.
Veteran midfielder Charles Sempa who was also impressive in the middle of the park, got the best opportunity of the first half when he was set up by Ahebwa, but wasn’t accurate to beat Mutombola.
Cranes midfielder Bobosi tried a long range effort from 35 yards but his shot went close over the bar before half time.
Left back Jasper Ahebwa got an early second half booking for reckless play on Najib Yiga.
There was a penalty claim for the visitors when central defenser Livingston Mulondo brought down Kitegenyi in the area but referee Deo Opio wasn’t interested.
The hosts introduced Congolese import Manzoki for Bright Anukani late in the first half and Paul Mucurezi replaced injured Najib Yiga.
The visitors brought in Ivan Otude and Seiri Aligumawo for David Ojok and Barenge. Sempigi later gave young star Tom Kakaire some minutes and was impressive.
The Venoms have stretched the summit lead to seven (7) points with only eight game left to play in the league.
The loss means the Ankole Lions remain second bottom placed on the log with only 19 points. They are only above Tooro United with 9 points.
Mbarara City (15th) with 19 points, will have to negotiate their way to survive with Bright Stars 14th with 20 points, Onduparaka 13th with 24 points as well as Police FC 12th with 24 points.
What makes it hard for the Ankole Lions, they have played two more games than fellow relagation fighters Onduparaka and Bright Stars FC.
In the other SUPL game played today KCCA FC defeated UPDF 3-0 away from home.
Premier league action returns tomorrow with two games, Bright Stars welcome Busoga United in the 14:00hrs early kick off and Arua Hill SC host Gaddafi FC at Barifa Stadium in Arua.
Vipers SC XI.
Fabien Mutombola (GK), Allan Kayiwa, Livingston Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Disan Galiwango, Siraje Sentamu, Bright Anukani, Milton Larisa, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Najib Yoga, Yunus Sentamu.
Kiggundu (GK), Hilary Mukundane, Ssali, Abdul Karim Watambala, Paul Mucurezi, Cesor Manzoki, Daniel Serunkuma
Mbarara City XI
Muhammed Sekeeba(GK), Steven Othieno, Jasper Ahebwa, Ronald Otti, Didi Ramathan, Pistis Barenge, Sadat Nsubuga,
Augustine Kacancu,Charles Sempa, Henry Kitegenyi, David Ojok
Bebe Swalik Segujja, Tom Kakaire, Najib Gwayido, Ivan Otude, Musisi Henry,Frank Kalule , Seiri Aligumawo.
Referee: Opio Deogratious
Assistant referee 1; Dick Okello
Assistant referee 2:Onny Agir
Fourth official: Muzamiru Waiswa
Match Assesor: Rosebell Rwamuyamba
Media manager: Muwanga Kenneth Kelvin
Security & Safety: Joseph Owundo