Vipers humble Onduparaka, return to winning ways | Uganda Premier League

Vipers fans smiled once again after a disappointing run without victories.

Uganda Premier League | Match Day 15 – Tuesday Results

  • Vipers 3-0 Onduparaka
  • URA 0-1 KCCA
  • Police 2-2 SC Villa

Vipers Sports Club humbled West Nile based side Onduparaka 3-0 during the Uganda Premier League duel played at the St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday.

Utility player Geofrey Wasswa, forward Dan ‘Muzeyi’ Sserunkuma and defender Livingstone ‘C4’ Mulondo scored the home side goals, all in the closing stanza of the poorly attended game.

Wasswa beat goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato six minutes into the second half with a wonder lob that settled on the far goal post for the lead.

Five minutes later, it was a moment of brilliance for former Kampala Kids League (KKL), Super Cubs, Express, Gor Mahia and Bandari diminutive forward Sserunkuma who curled home the second from 25 yards.

With 17 minutes left on the clock, defender Mulondo rose highest and unmarked at the back post to nod home an inviting corner kick by Yayo Kato Lutimba to wrap the scoring business for the Venoms.

Debutant Innocent Wafula would have easily made it four but shot wide inside the goal area with the goal at his mercy.

Wasswa also was foiled by goalkeeper Ssebwato during a one against one incident and Tito Okello hit the wood work in the 79th minute as the home team dominated the closing proceedings of the game.

Team skipper Tadeo Lwanga returned after an short injury spell out on the sidelines.

This was the first win for Vipers under new interim manager Michael ‘Nam’ Ouma.

Vipers called for all their three changes in the game. Brian Nkuubi replaced Moses Waiswa six minutes into the second half for the first change on the day.

Abraham Ndugwa came in for debutant Wafula in the 63rd minute and defender Halid Lwaliwa limped out with a disjointed shoulder for Tom Masiko.

Onduparaka rested bowed legged midfielder Gadafi Gadhino for Solomon Okwalinga and Richard Ayiiko took over the place of injured left back Rashid Okocha.

The Onduparaka duo of Gadihno and Okwalinga got cautioned by FIFA Referee Ali Sabila whilst Tito Okello and Burundian goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora (time wasting) were also booked.

Whereas Onduparaka completes their 15 matches of the first round, Vipers has two games to go.

Vipers is seven points off the hook, below leaders KCCA who broke URA’s 13 match unbeaten run with a 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Onduparaka stays in fourth place with 24 points having completed the first round.

Team Line Ups

Vipers XI: Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Ibrahim Kiyemba,  Yayo Lutimba, Livingstone Mulondo,  Halid Lwaliwa (83’ Tom Masiko), Geofrey Wasswa, Innocent Wafula (70’ Abraham Ndugwa), Tadeo Lwanga (Captain), Tito Okello, Moses Waiswa (52’ Brian Nkuubi Ssemakula), Dan Sserunkuma

Subs Not Used: Derrick Ochan (G.K), Bashir Asiku, Steven Mukwala, Duncan Sseninde

Head coach: Michael Nam Ouma (Kenyan)

Onduparaka XI: Nicholas Sebwato (G.K), Fred Agandu, Rashid Okocha (77’ Richard Ayiko),  Hassan Muhamood, Rashid Toha,  Faizul Ibrahim, Abel Eturude,  Gadaffi Gadinho (73’ Solomon Okwalinga), Viane Sekajugo, Ceaser Okhuti, Ezra Bida

Subs Not Used: Richard Anyama (G.K), Allan Busobozi, Alex Gasper, Remex Kasozi, Sabir Simba

Coach: Leo Adraa (Ugandan)

Match Officials

  • Center Referee: Ali Sabila
  • Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Katenya
  • Assistant Referee 2: Okello Lee
  • Fourth Official: David Odoi
  • Match Commissioner: Catherine Adipo

Reactions:

We had a better first half than Vipers. We flopped in the second half. Onduparaka is still a young club growing but capable of performing better. Now that we have completed the first round, focus remains on building for the second round with reinforcements

Leo Adraa, Onduparaka coach

We had a balanced game and I am happy that we managed to win. There was a change in mentality for the players compared to the previous game that we drew goal-less away to Bright Stars. This is a building block for Saturday’s game. The debutant player Innocent  Wafula had a good game and he will continue to adjust for the better as time moves along

Michael ‘Nam’ Ouma, Vipers interim head coach

I am happy to be into action. We were hungry for such a performance and result having taken as many games without scoring. We shall continue to recollect ourselves

Tadeo Lwanga, Vipers Sports Club captain

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