Tuesday, November 15
*Vipers SC 1-0 Arua Hill
*Bright Stars 2-1 Onduparaka
*Maroons 1-3 Blacks Power
There were discomforting scenes as Vipers defender Ashraf Mandela was rushed to hospital before halftime in their 1-0 league win over Arua Hill at Kitende.
The right-back collided in an aerial challenge with Arua Hill player but landed awkwardly, only to remain unconscious thereafter.
Vipers goalkeeper Alfred Mudekereza rushed to the rescue and so did Referee Rajab Bakasambe who immediately called on the medical team.
Few seconds after he was attended on by the medics, with situation looking unpleasant judging by the players reactions, the defender was stretchered off to an ambulance that rushed him to Doctor’s Clinic in Seguku.
An update from Vipers officials indicate that the player is now doing fine and conscious.
Vipers Overcome Arua Hill In High-Octane Affair
Vipers scored earlier through Milton Karisa before the Mandela incident about 10 minutes later on.
Karisa raced on a defence-splitting pass from Bright Anukani to slot before on-rushing goalkeeper Richard Anyama.
Vipers managed to hold on for the victory, fending off resistance from a battling Arua Hill.
Richard Matovu twice cleared his lines before the opener to deny Yunus Sentamu and another header off a corner.
Yunus sent a freekick in a good area wide as they searched for the second goal in vain.
Arua Hill, who earlier took off Ivan Eyamu for Isaac Ogwang in the first half, failed to put up good chances.
Ogwang failed to find the target after a good delivery from Gaddafi Wahab in Arua Hill’s only second chance of note.
Arua Hill coach Livingston Mbabazi was animated throughout the game and felt a couple of decisions went against his side, and he was later cautioned for continuous protests.
It’s the first back-to-back win for the Venoms who recently beat Blacks Power while Arua Hill have collected nothing in last two games having lost to URA.
What Next – Vipers host UPDF on November 18 while Arua Hill will welcome SC Villa on November 19 at Barifa.
Vipers SC – Alfred Mudekereza, Ashraf Mandela, Issa Mubiru, Bashir Asiku, Hillary Mukundane, Siraje Sentamu, Bright Anukani, Karim Watambala, Cromwell Rwothomio, Milton Karisa, Yunus Sentamu
Arua Hill – Richard Anyama, Isaac Okello, Rashid Toha, Rashid Muhammad, Richard Matovu, Gaddafi Kacancu, Allan Mugalu, Ivan Eyamu, Rashid Kawawa, Gadafi Wahab, Jacob Kamwesiga