Uganda Premier League
Friday, April 27 2018
Vipers SC 3-2 KCCA FC
Milton Karisa was the star of the day as Vipers defeated title rivals KCCA FC to edge closer to the title.
Karisa scored a double, one goal in either half for the Venoms to win 3-2 in a thrilling Uganda Premier League game played at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende.
Erisa Ssekisambu scored the other for the venoms.
Mohamed Shaban on the other hand, had a double for the visitors but his effort was not enough.
The boys have shown character from the start of the game, now what I can say is that every one who comes our way will be like a final,” said Vipers SC assistant Edward Golola shortly after the game.
This is SC Vipers’ 15th win of the league season, taking the club to 52 points – The venoms are now 3 points ahead of second placed SC Villa.
KCCA FC who lost their third game of the season, remain in third with 48 points.
How the drama unfolded:
Fresh from a 7-2 haul of URA FC, the visitors were made to chase shadows at the start as Vipers SC, who were pumped up by the home fans, had a blistering start.
But the visitors were never bothered, Kirabira had an attempt over the bar and Mucurezi had a shot blocked as KCCA tried to crawl back to fit in the game.
Shaban finally made KCCA FC’s effort count as his header went far post for an opener in the 12th minute.
The lead was short lived when KCCA FC defender failed to clear a loose ball for Karisa to level matters in the 14th minute.
At the half hour mark, Taddeo and Shaban had a tussle in the middle of the park and referee Ali Sabila cautioned both players before play restarted.
Mucureezi tried to regain the lost lead but the custodian was equal to the effort.
Before the break, Erisa Ssekisambu took advantage of another KCCA FC blunder to gift the visitors an halftime lead.
At the restart, Coach Mutebi withdrew Patrick Kaddu for Allan Okello, later claiming in the post match conference that the boy was fouled on various occassions.
KCCA FC looked the better team in the second stanza but they couldn’t break a physical Vipers side.
Shaban had his header over the bar, substitute Kaddu’s header from Kiiza’s corner was also off the target as the visitors started to get frustrated.
Karisa sealed the matter with an 80th minute strike to send the game out of the visitor’s reach, 3-1.
Shaban pulled one back with an extraordinary bicycle kick but it was too late for the visitors to complete a come back.
Vipers Starting XI:
Ismail Watenga, Moses Waiswa, Erisa Ssekisambu, Dan Sserunkuma, Nicholas Sseninde, Taddeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Milton Karisa.
Eric Kibowa, Yayo Lutimba, Deus Bukenya, Pius Wangi, Steven Mukwala, Tom Masiko, Brian Nkuubi
Coach: Edward Golola
KCCA Starting XI
Charles Lukwago, Filbert Obenchan, Timothy Awany, Paul Musamali, Lawrence Bukenya, Isaac Kirabira, Julius Poloto, Mustafa Kiiza, Allan Okello, Paul Mucureezi, Shaban Muhammad.
Tom Ikara, Habibu Kavuma, Patrick Kaddu, Ibrahim Wamani, Solomon Okwalinga, Denis Okot, Walter Ochora.