Uganda Premier League: Karisa stings former side BUL as Vipers go top

VIPERS

Milton Karisa Forward 42'
Brian Nkuubi Midfielder 37'

When Vipers’ Milton Karisa headed home past Bul goalkeeper Hannington Ssebalunyo three minutes to the halftime break he did not celebrate.

Much as the goal meant a lot to him as an individual, the entire team and Vipers’ family, the player had hurt the club that babysat him.

Karisa, total unmarked in the area headed home a curling corner from Yaya Lutimba, which was virtually the club’s first corner of the game in more than 40 minutes.

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Vipers’ Tony Odur, Milton Karisa and Tadeo Lwanga.

Before Karisa’s goal, there was solid defending from the two sides as they sought for the much needed break through.

Tonny Odur was kept at bay by the BUL defence of Musa Wangalira and Yusuf Mukisa.

On the other front, Patrick Asiku struggled to make an impact before Dues Bukenya and Geoffrey Wasswa at the heart of Vipers’ central defence.

Yunus Sibira and Brian Nkuubi Ssemakula were the two booked players in the opening half.

BUL’s best chance of the game fell to Daniel Shabena after 52 minutes. The U-20 player controlled a high ball from the overlapping right back Umar Mukobe but blasted wide with the goal at his mercy.

Both sides made a couple of changes as the game progressed.

Vipers earned the maximum points following the opening day blushes in the goal-less draw away to Bright Stars.

2017-18 Uganda Premier League Table

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2105411619
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The other game on Friday between Bright Stars and Soana at Kavumba ended in a goal-less draw.

Team Line ups

Vipers XI: Isma Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Captain), Yayo Lutimba, Deus Bukenya, Geofrey Wasswa, Tadeo Lwanga, Brian Nkuubi, Frank Tumwesigye, Tom Masiko, Tony Odur, Milton Karisa

Changes:

60’ Hassan ‘Gaata’ Kalega On, Frank ‘Zagga’ Tumwesigye

75’ Pius Wangi On, Tonny Odur Off

84’ Steven Mukwala On, Brian Nkuubi Off

Subs Not Used: James Alitho (G.K), Shafiq Bakaki, Dan Birikwalira, Erisa Ssekisambu

BUL XI: Hannington Ssebalunyo (G.K), Umar Mukobe, Hassan Musana, Yusuf Mukisa (Captain), Musa Walangalira, Abdul Mayanja, Martin Kivumbi, Yunus Sibira, Mike Ndeera Patrick Asiku, Daniel Shabena

Changes:

47’ Abdul Mayanja Out, Lawrence Ndugga On

80’ Mike Ndeera Out, Hakim Magombe On.

80’ Martin Kivumbi Out, Richard Wandyaka On

Subs Not Used: Muhammad Didi, Hakim Magombe, Richard Wandyaka, Fred Agandu, William Otongo, James Otim