Uganda Cup: Vipers win quarterfinals encounter against SC Villa amidst controversy

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By Ali Mutanje 

How Villa fans expressed their rage towards the referee is perhaps justifiable. Although it should never be encouraged. There are more peaceful ways to express dissatisfaction over referee decisions. 

As the referee, Ronald Madanda and his team headed to the dressing room, the fans threw stones at them. Expressing their anger over three controversial incidents that sealed villas loss to Vipers SC. 

Incident one;

On 28 minutes, Madanda allowed Bobosi Byaruhanga’s free-kick to stand even when it was not clear the ball had crossed the line. Villa fans and players were angered by the decision. 

They expressed their anger by throwing stones at the referee at halftime. 

Incident two;

Jogoos Ronald Ssekiganda was sent off at the hour mark after receiving a second yellow card. The Villa fans must’ve felt hard done by the decision. And more anger was boiling amongst the home fans. 

Incident three;

On 76 minutes, Milton Karisa’s shot bounced off the crossbar onto the goal line before it was cleared. The goal was strongly contested but the assistant referee asserted that it had crossed the goal line. 

The play was halted for up to 4 minutes before the Villa fans were convinced to proceed with the game. 

After 90 minutes, the game ended 2-0 to Vipers FC and 3-1 on aggregate to the Venoms. 

Vipers proceed to the semi-finals of the Uganda Cup with a 3-1 aggregate victory. Vipers have further boosted their chances of winning the cup as they proceed to the business end of the cup. Villa fans will feel like everything was playing against them even the officials. Villa has had a bad season and this loss almost confirms they will finish the season without a trophy. They are in 8th position in the league with 36 points and they have no chance of winning the league.

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