By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo
After a bit of a scary week for Vipers Football Club, the Venoms today under the leadership of their Caretaker boss ejected SC Villa out of the Uganda Cup. Vipers were able to put aside the confusion brought about by the resignation of their manager Fred Kajoba Kisitu to dump SC Villa out of the Uganda Cup.
SC Villa also went into this game with a bunch of internal woes defining the players’ participation in the club training and other club activities due to issues of unpaid allowances and salaries. With the players’ attention divided, they faced Vipers today already defeated mentally and as one would argue the majority of SC Villa players were not in good shape to get anything against the venoms.
Vipers Football Club scored a goal in each half to conclude the day as eventual 2:0 winners at the Bombo Stadium today. Bobosi Byaruhanga got the opener for the Venom in the 28th minute to put his side 1:0 ahead with many minutes still left to play in the first period. With SC Villa providing a limited attacking threat going forward, the Venom defended gallantly to end the first period as 1:0 winners.
At the start of the second half, SC Villa responded instantly by introducing Muhammed Nsereko and Senoga Muhammed in the places of Andrew Kiwanuka and Sadam Masereka respectively. This move was to apply more pressure on the venoms who were not ready to relinquish their lead as they did in the first leg at Kitende.
With almost 30 minutes remaining to go, SC Villa was reduced to 10 down following a red card to midfielder Ronald Ssekiganda. The red card gave Vipers a numerical advantage which Vipers exploited by making a double change when Milton Karisa and Richard Basangwa for Yunus Sentamu and Karim Watambala.
In the 78th minute, Milton Karissa who came on as a substitute scored the second goal for Vipers to put the game away from the Jogoos. The goal was protested heavily by Villa’s players, halting play for almost 7 minutes before play resumed. With Villa reduced to 10 men and Vipers leading 2:0, the Venom defended well and shielded the game away from their opponents to qualify 3:1 on aggregate for this year’s semis final. Vipers now join BUL FC who qualified earlier in waiting for the semi-final draw for this year’s Stanbic Bank Uganda cup.