Stanbic Uganda Cup: Vipers Seal Return Trip To Final

Tuesday, May 17
•Vipers 4-0 Mbarara City

Wednesday, May 18
•BUL Vs Booma

Vipers have returned to the final of the Stanbic Uganda Cup after knocking out Mbarara City in a one-sided semifinal.

The Venoms beat Mbarara City 4-0 in the second leg at Kitende to progress on 6-1 aggregate having won the first leg 2-1 at Kakyeka.

After a goalless first half, Vipers got the opener quickly at restart with Bobosi Byaruhanga’s corner getting a slight deflection and into the goal.

Milton Karisa doubled the lead at the hour-mark with a ferocious effort that stunned goalkeeper Martin Elungat after he was put through by Najib Yiga.

Yunus Sentamu got himself on the scoresheet with a beauty; the forward was picked by Karisa in the box, made a swift turn before firing at near post.

Then Yunus crafted the fourth for Bobosi who tapped in a final nail into Mbarara’s coffin in added time.

Vipers are likely to meet BUL in the repeat of last year’s final, with the Jinja-based side leading their semifinal against Booma FC 5-1 from the first leg.

If that comes to pass, it will be a repeat of last year’s final where Vipers beat BUL 8-1; Striker Yunus Sentamu scored four goals, Caesar Manzoki bagged a brace while Livingston Mulondo and Milton Karisa added one each at Njeru.

This year’s final will be played in Masindi as Vipers who earlier won the league, will be eyeing their first ever double in a season.

The result came at a cost for Vipers however after striker Cesar Manzoki was taken off hurt and the Venoms will be hoping that he will be available for the final or earliest for their final league game against Police FC.

Manzoki had headed Dissan Galiwango’s cross, denied by goalkeeper Elungat reflex save, colliding with a Mbarara City defender in collision.

But the Venoms were barely troubled up front, and could have won by a more commanding margin if Paul Willa, Yunus, and Paul Mucureezi put away their chances.

Mbarara City were not up to the task, but Jude Ssemugabi, Kakaire and Ronald Otti came close. The result compounds Mbarara City’s misery for a side that will play in Big League next season.

Players Used

Vipers – Denis Kiggundu, Paul Willa, Livingston Mulondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Dissan Galiwango, Yunus Sentamu, Milton Karisa, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Najib Yiga, Yunus Sentamu, Cesar Manzoki

Mbarara City – Martin Elungat, Steven Othieno, Souleyman Bamba, Dudu Ramathan, Ronald Otti, Gadaffi Kacancu, Solomon Okwalinga, Sadat Nsubuga, Charles Ssempa, Jude Ssemugabi, Henry Kitegenyi



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