Saturday, February 12
•URA SC 2-1 Gadaffi
•BUL 2-0 Wakiso Giants
•Onduparaka FC 3-1 Busoga
Vipers 3-1 Arua Hill
Vipers scored three second-half goals, including a brilliant strike from Yunus Sentamu, to overcome Arua Hill in a league game at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
After a goalless first half, Manzoki broke the deadlock within four minutes of restart – The Congolese forwaed was at the end of Karim Watambala’s blocked shot to bundle home his 11th goal of the season.
The hosts doubled their lead in the 70th minute when Manzoki headed Watambala’s throw in into Milton Karisa’s path for the winger to poke in the second.
Gaddafi Wahab volleyed in a beauty to halve the deficit with 13 minutes to play after a neat cross from Geriga Atendele down the right flank.
But Sentamu put the game to bed when he picked a loose ball, strolled forward, left Faizul Ibrahim down before exquisitely freeing himself past Bright Vuni to score past a helpless Richard Anyama.
In the first half, Arua Hill thought they had got a penalty when Disssn Galiwango handled in the box but the assistant referee signalled for an offside, a controversial decision that left Arua Hill discontented.
Vipers had chances to win by a better margin – Anyama made a big save to deny Manzoki in a one-on-one situation in the closing stages.
Early into the games Karisa got the better of Rashid Matovu only for his cross to be intercepted by keeper Anyama.
Watambala, on for an injured Bright Anukani in the eighth minute, sent his freekick into the wall while Halid Lwaliwa poorly passed to Karisa instead of shooting into an open goal.
Karisa hit the crossbar from a tight angle while Anyama denied Sentamu after the striker had beaten Rashid Muhammad.
Arua Hill marched Vipers in the first half but returned a weaker side in a second half they struggled to ask questions.
Robert Eseru had Arua Hill’s first effort on goal but it was over the bar, David Ndihabwe rattled the crossbar in the build up to Arua Hill’s denied penalty while Alfred Leku shot an inch wide after cutting inside to his strong foot.
This victory is revenge served for Vipers who lost the first round against Arua Hill, 1-0 by Alfred Leku, at Barifa earlier this year.
Vipers move relatively away from second-placed KCCA FC, who play Mbarara City on Sunday at Kakyeka Stadium. The Venoms have collected 39 points, four above KCCA FC.
What Next For Both Sides?
Vipers take a short trip to face UPDF FC at Bombo on February 18 while Arua Hill will be at Barifa to welcome BUL FC on February 16
Vipers XI: Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Paul Willa, Dissan Galiwango, Livingstone Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa (Captain), Siraje Ssentamu, Milton Karisa, Najib Yiga, Bright Anukani, Yunus Junior Sentamu, Cesar Lobi Manzoki
Subs: Jack Komakech (G.K), Hilary Mukundane, Musa Ssali, Dan Sserunkuma, Denis Mwemezi, Frank Zagga Tumwesigye, Abdul Karim Watambala
Head coach: Robert Oliviera
Arua Hill XI: Richard Anyama (G.K), Geriga Atendele, Richard Matovu, Rashid Muhamad, Rashid Toha (G.K), Joseph Bright Vuni, Ibrahim Faizul, David Ndihabwe, Wahab Gadafi, Robert Eseru, Alfred Leku
Subs: Eric Kibowa (G.K), Ibrahim Magandaazi, Ibrahim Tembo, Stephen Kabuye, Jacob Kamwesiga, Samuel Ssekamatte Kayongo, Rashid Kawawa
Head coach: Charles Livingstone Mbabazi
Center Referee: Ali Sabila
Assistant Referee 1: Isa Masembe
Assistant Referee 2: Samuel Mbabaali
Fourth official: Mashod Ssali
Assessor: Denis Batte
Media officer: Kenneth Kelvin Muwanga
Safety & Security: Joseph Owundo