CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018
Vipers SC 1-1 JKU
Friday, 29th June 2018
Uganda’s representatives Vipers Sports Club kicked off the campaign in the 2018 Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations(CECAFA) Kagame Cup with a stalemate against Zanzibar’s JKU SC.
Vipers SC needed to come from a goal down to earn a point against a resilient JKU side in the opening game of the tournament played at the Chamazi stadium in Tanzania on Friday.
Abraham Musa gave JKU the lead just 16 minutes after kickoff capitalizing on a poor clearance by defender Bashir Asiku but the Venoms levelled matters ten minutes into the second stanza with diminutive striker Dan ‘Muzeeyi’ Sserunkuma slotting home from Milton Karisa’s lay up.
Miguel Da Costa handed three new players their debuts with goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya starting in goal in the absence of Ismail Watenga and James Alitho who are poised to make a move away.
Another new recruit Ibrahim Kiyemba started at the heart of defence partnering Geoffrey Wasswa while Rahmat Ssenfuka who has just joined from Police FC played in the midfield alongside skipper Taddeo Lwanga and Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye.
Asiku started at right back while Ashraf Mandela was deployed as the left fullback. In the attacking positions, Duncan Sseninde and Pius Wangi played on the wings giving support to Sserunkuma.
Sseninde and Tumwesigye paved way for Karisa rian Nkuubi respectively at the start of the second half.
Vipers SC will return to action on Sunday against defending champions Azam FC from Tanzania.
The Uganda Premier League champions are in group alongside Azam FC(Tanzania), JKU(Zanzibar) and Kator FC(South Sudan)