Wednesday March 2nd, 2022
Arua Hill 4-2 Wakiso Giants – Barifa Stadium, Arua
Vipers SC 2-1 Soltilo Bright Stars FC – St. Mary’s Stadium
Vipers earned a hard fought 2-1 win over Bright Stars in a league game held at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Wednesday.
Captain Halid Lwaliwa and forward Ceaser Manzoki goals ensured the Venoms bagged all the three important points on the day.
Ibrahim Kasinde had earlier on levelled matters for Bright Stars from the spot but his goal could not save the day.
It was another important win for the Venoms who stretch their leadeto four points clear at the top of the Uganda premier league table.
Lwaliwa put his side ahead in the 10th minute, heading in home off a well delivered free kick from Bobosi Byaruhanga.
There on, Vipers who were dorminant throughout half time had chances to score more but Manzoki saw his effort outside the area go just wide, Milton Karisa failed to score in an empty net after beating goalkeeper Simon Tamale before Yunus Sentamu headed wide off Galiwango’s free kick.
For the Visitors who barely threatened, their best chance came at the stroke of half time but Loki Emmanuel saw his effort outside the area saved by Fabien Mutombora.
At the restart of the second half, the Visitors came a more rejuvenated side and it wasn’t late when they levelled matters through Kasinde, who scored from the spot in the 50th minute after Yasin Mugume had been fouled by Bobosi Byaruhanga.
However, their lead didn’t last for long as Manzoki put the Venoms ahead once again seven minutes later, with a powerful shot after collecting from Milton Karisa’s pass.
The Venoms had a chance to make it three in the 65th minute but Bobosi Byaruhanga saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Simon Tamale.
However, despite conceding two goals, the Visitors made a couple of endless attacks but looked blunt on many occasions in the final third.
They will feel unlucky as they had a chance to level matters once again with seven minutes to play after Emmanuel Loki’s header seemed to have crossed the line despite being saved by Mutombora.
Despite being on the receiving end in the closing stages, Vipers defended tirelessly to bag all the three needed points on the day.
Victory ensured that Vipers moved to 43 points and are now four points clear at the top of the table.
For the Bright Stars, they suffer their ninth loss in the season and remain in the 15th position with only 16 points after 19 games played.
What Next – Vipers will be away to Tooro United on March 11th while Bright Stars welcome Bul FC on the same day at Kavumba.
How They Started
Vipers SC – Fabien Mutombora GK, Paul Willa, Halid Lwaliwa, Livingstone Mulondo, Disan Galiwango, Siraje Sentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Najib Yiga, Milton Karisa, Yunus Sentamu, Ceaser Manzoki
Substitutes – Jack Komakech GK, Paul Mucureezi, Ibrahim Orit, Hillary mukundane, Dennis Mwemezi, Allan Kayiwa, Dan Sserunkuma
Head Coach: Robertinho Oliveira
Bright Stars – Tamale Simon GK, Kaggwa Andrew, Ssemayange Simon, Ngoobi Derrick, Buule Warren, Fiat Cleophus, Kasinde Ibrahim, Marvin Youngman, Loki Emmanuel, Janjali Joseph, Mugume Yassin
Were Derrick GK, Allan Katwe, Kiggundu Derrick, Jungu Methodius, Nvule Jamir, Omony Kaka, Onek Alfred
Head Coach : Kiwanuka Paul