By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo
n a shocking turnaround of events, Mbarara City came from two goals down to clinch a 2:3 win over Vipers at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende. Everybody understands what Mbarara City has been doing to big teams in the league this season but that only happens at their home ground in Mbarara but today it was odd as they won away at Kitende. Vipers need to collect all the 3 points to go top of the UPL and going into this game, this message was clear to all the Venoms but things took a wrong turn for them.
In the first half, Yunus Sentamu and Paul Mucureezi scored two goals to give Vipers FC a 2:0 lead going into the half time break. Yunus Sentamu scored in the 16th minute and gave the Venoms an early opener, and 10 minutes after the first goal, Paul Mucureezi added the second goal to make it 2:0 for Vipers. Halftime at Kitende ended with Vipers FC looking the better team in all aspects.
After returning from the halftime break, Mbarara City looked a different team, as they played as a unit to cause Vipers all sorts of defensive problems in the game. And in the 57th minute, their hard work paid off, as Vipers FC conceded a penalty and Mbarara City midfielder Solomon Okwalinga converted it to restore his team’s hope in the game. After pulling one back, The Ankole Lions kept on pressing harder and first half substitute Bashir Mutanda connected the dot with an equalizing goal to make it 2 all, before Jude Ssemugabi could net the 3rd goal that secured his side the memorable victory over the defending champions Vipers fg.
Despite all the guns that the Venoms enlisted through substitution to try and salvage something in the game, Jude Ssemugabi’s goal for Mbarara City was the difference between Ankole Lions and Vipers fFCat Kitende. This win meant that Mbarara City have completed a league double over the Venoms this season having also won the first leg match 1-0 against them at the Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara. Consequently for Vipers, this loss now puts a big question mark to their title aspirations as they now occupy the 3rd place behind Express and URA who don’t play until tomorrow.