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UPL: Vipers Cruise Past BUL To Go Second

Wednesday, December 19

BUL FC 1-3 SC Vipers

SC Vipers cruised past BUL FC in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played at Njeru Technical centre in Jinja.

The Venoms who led by Mzee Dan Sserunkuma’s goal at halftime, had to dig deep after Villa Oromchan levelled in the 54th minute for the hosts, before cruising to a 3-1 victory.

Tito Okello scored from a long range effort before Duncan Sseninde put the game to bed as Vipers picked their seventh win of the 2018/19 season.

It’s a big win for the club, but we hard to fight hard after they equalised, so I had to change tactics,” commented Vipers coach Javier Martinez Espinoza after the game.

The triumph elevates the Venoms to second place on the log with 24 points from 10 games, as BUL FC remains in sixth place with 19 points.

Next for Vipers is a home game in the CAF Champions League second leg qualifiers against Algeria’s CS Constantine on Friday before facing Tooro United in the league.

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BUL will look to make amends when play host to log leaders KCCA FC in Njeru.

Vipers Show Fighting Spirit

It was going to be a tough battle as Vipers had not got much success in their league trips to face Jinja teams.

Mzee Dan Sserunkuma put Vipers in front with a tap in from Yayo Lutimba’s aerial delivery in the third minute of the game.

BUL failed to settle into the game quickly as the visitors continued to press for the second: Hanington Ssebwalunyo came off his line to deny Mzee Dan in the 20th minute and the forward missed from close range with his tap in from Tito Okello’s delivery going over the bar five minutes later on.

BUL tried to fight back but they looked blunt on the day – Joshua Lubwama’s freekick was easily collected by Benjamin Ochan before
Richard Matovu fired wide from a distance in the 25th minute.

In the second half, BUL’s Deogratious Ojok failed to beat Ochan in goal at close range as the hosts started to mount a challenge.

BUL’s surge paid off when Matovu Abdul got Vipers’ right back Ibrahim Kiyemba out of his way to set Oromchan who directed his effort to the far right corner of the goal, for an equaliser.

BUL could have doubled their lead five minutes later on but Daniel Shabena, who was given a lot of space to run towards the goal, fired an inch wide.

Vipers who had earlier lost Taddeo Lwanga to injury (replaced with Brian Nkuubi), brought on Noah Wafula and Duncan Sseninde for Sserunkuma and Nduggwa respectively.

Nkubi headed out Lutimba’s beautiful cross in the 73rd minute before Tito Okello restored the lead for the visitors.

Okello capitalised on BUL’s poor defence – Willis Otong headed poorly for Okello to pick a loose ball and fired from a distance, 1-2.

Sseninde put the game beyond BUL’s reach when the hosts failed to clear from the area, to slot home from close range an effort that hit the post and in.

Team Used:

BUL FC
Hannington Sebwalunyo, Farouk Banga, Richard Matovu, Abdul Mayanja, Willis Otong, Patrick Sembuya, Villa Oromchan, Joshua Lubwama, Deogracious Ojok, Daniel Shabena, Jean Pierre kambale.

Vipers SC
Derrick Ochan, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Yayo Lutimba, Halid Lwaliwa, Livingston Mulondo, Geoffrey Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Charles Waiswa, Tito Okello, Abram Ndugwa and Dan Sserunkuma.

Pilsner Man of the match – Livingston Mulondo (Vipers).

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