Monday, May 3
*Vipers 1-1 UPDF
(Vipers win 4-2 on aggregate)
Tuesday, May 4
*SC Villa vs Onduparaka, Bombo Military stadium (TV)
*Tooro United vs Wakiso Giants, Buhinga stadium
*URA vs Express, Arena of vision
Bobosi Byaruhanga scored directly from a corner as Vipers eliminated UPDF FC to reach the Quarterfinal of this year’s Stanbic Uganda Cup.
The match ended 1-1 at Kitende but Vipers had done enough in the first leg which they won 3-1 at Bombo Barracks last week.
Bobosi curled a swinging ball inside the back of the net from corner kick, beating the keeper with immaculate technique and accuracy in the 23rd minute.
Earlier, UPDF FC had taken an early lead through defender Bright Joseph Vuni who powered an header from Isa Mubiru’s corner to leave goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora rooted on his line.
Vipers Have Sights On Double
In the league, Vipers are one point behind leaders URA, a side they will hope to leapfrog when they host them on May 15 at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
That said, they have become the first team to reach this year’s Uganda Cup quarterfinal.
Coach Fred Kajoba will also fancy his chances in this competition, a trophy which they have won once in 2015/16 season when they beat Onduparaka 3-0.
They were eliminated by Kajjansi United last season before the competition was called off due to Covid19. A season earlier, they fell to Proline.
This season, with a lot of quality in their depth, they look favourites in a competition that is being played on a home and away format.
They eased past Busoga United with a 5-1 aggregate win at the round of 32.
Against UPDF, they put one leg in the quarterfinal the minute they won the first leg 3-1 in Bombo.
The game in Kitende was just a routine fixture, and Kajoba made some changes in his lineup as he gave chances to bench players like Jamil Kalisa, Abram Ndugwa, Allan Kayiwa and oseph Dhata.
Manzoki thought he had given Vipers a lead when he ran at the far post to slid home from Karisa cross, but the Congolese striker aas flagged offside.
He later fluffed a good chance at close range after a neat pass from Kayiwa before Vuni powered in a header at the opposite end.
Bobosi settled nerves with a direct corner kick goal and Vipers put the foot off the gas to march into the last eight.
UPDF Admirably Bundles Out
UPDF were not going out without a fight and they showed that with a draw at Kitende.
This was a different and admirable performance given their display in Kitende.
They dictated proceedings and created many scoring chances on the day but the forwards were not up to the task.
Midfielder Charles Ssebutinde shot direct at Mutombora while substitute Alex Kitata headed an inch wide as the Army side asked Vipers plenty of questions.
They were lucky not to concede a penalty when Karisa was tripped inside the area by Vuni as referee Rajab Bakasambe waved play on.
Kefa Kisala will be sad that he is going out but will be pleased by the performance at Kitende as they shift focus to Uganda Premier League.
What Next – Vipers visit KCCA FC on May 9 while UPDF face Wakiso Giants two days earlier, both in the league.
Vipers SC – Fabien Mutombora, Halid Lwaliwa, Aziz Kayondo, Livingston Mulondo, Joseph Dhata, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Allan Kayiwa, Milton Karisa, Jamil Kalisa, Cesar Manzoki, Abram Ndugwa
Substitutes – Bashir Ssekagya, Disan Galiwango, Lawrence Tezikya, Ibrahim Orit, Najib Yiga, Paul Mucureezi, Musa Ssali
UPDF FC: Erick Kibowa (G.K), James Begisa, Isa Mubiru, Denis Ssekitoleko (Captain), Joseph Bright Vuni, Bernard Muwanga, Christopher Kawagu, Charles Ssebutinde, Davis Kasirye, Ezekiel Katende, Paul Ruben Kabuye
Subs: Yusuf Wasswa (G.K), Jessie Kajuba, Ivan Kato, Arafat Kakonge, Alex Kitata, Brian Kayanja, Sam Kintu