Sunday, December 9
SC Vipers 1-0 Police FC
Mzee Dan Sserunkuma came off the bench to rescue maximum points for SC Vipers in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played on Sunday evening.
Vipers edged Police FC with a 1-0 victory at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende to keep toe to toe with the leading pack.
Both sides were depleted: The hosts made many changes – Moses Waiswa and Yayo Lutimba didn’t make even the bench. Abraham Nduggwa, Brian Nkuubi and Mzee Dan all were dropped from the bench.
The visitors missed midfielders Hassan Kalega and Ashraf Mugume were ineligible to face their parent club. Sadat Kyambadde and Samuel also sat out for Police.
The game started at low pace and the moods looked dim both on and off the pitch in a poorly attended Sunday game.
Vipers as expected, looked a threat on goal but Police FC’s shot stopper Davis Mutebi on various occassions equalled to their efforts to give his side hope for at least a point.
Police FC’s best chance on the day came in the 74th minute but none of Juma Balinya and Reuben Kimera could bury Norman Ojik’s beautiful cross with Vipers’ goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya denying the latter, at near post.
Barely a minute after that big opportunity, Sserunkuma who had replaced Duncan Sseninde, slotted home to send the home fans into wild celebrations.
The goal was a breath of fresh air to Coach Martinez who had already earned insults from the fans – Bottles had already been pelted towards the coach as the fans showed their anger towards the overhaul changes made by the Mexican.
The victory sends Vipers to second spot on the 16 team log with 21 points from nine games. This is the sixth win for the club in the league this season.
SC Vipers will now set their eyes for the CAF Champions League tie away to Algeria this Friday.
The loss ends Police FC’s six game unbeaten run. The peace keepers remain eighth on the table with 14 points.
Bashir Ssekagya, Aggrey Madoi, Livingston Mulondo, Tom Masiko, Duncan Sseninde, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Davis Kasirye, Taddeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa, Brian Kalumba, Geoffrey Wasswa.
Davis Mutebi, Denis Bigala, Arafat Galiwango, Joseph Sentume, Simon Mbazira, Pius Kaggwa, Ronald Nyanzi, Reuben Kimera, Shakur Makeera, Paul Willa, Juma Balinya.