Vipers strengthened their grip on title defence after easing past 10-man SC Villa 3-1 in a league game played at Bombo Barracks.
Goalkeeper Saidi Keni will take the headlines after scoring a wild to pull one back for the struggling hosts.
The goalkeeper benefited from his opposite Fabien Mutombora who had moved off his line – Keni booted the ball directly into the Vipers net from inside his six-yard area in the 70th minute.
Bobosi Byaruhanga and Yunus Ssentamu had done early damage having given the Venoms a 2-0 cushion before halftime.
Gavin Kizito recieved marching orders from Referee Ronald Kirangwa as Villa were reduced to ten men for Paul Mucureezi to score from a resultant free-kick.
Bobosi’s opening goal should be blamed on Villa’s poor defence that allowed the midfielder to fire from close range off the under side of the crossbar after Keni had denied Manzoki’s initial effort in the 27th minute.
Mucureezi later strolled through defence, beat Amir Kakomo at the byline before his neat cut-back eluded Asuman Arishe to find Ssentamu who lashed home.
Kizito was given a red card when he tripped Caesar Manzoki who had raced behind Villa’s defence when he was put through by Ibrahim Orit.
From that foul, Mucureezi showed composure and quality to whip in a beautiful freekick past Keni.
Vipers move to 53 points while Villa remain on 32.
SC Villa’s Poor Form Continues
There was nothing to admire from SC Villa as Edward Kaziba’s side were torn apart by Vipers.
The loss means that the 16-time record league champions have gone seven games without a win in the league, scoring two goals within that spell.
Their defence was all over the place as they failed to match with Vipers fire power on the day.
They could have conceded many on the day but Goalkeeper Keni was outstanding with some good saves including one that he fingertipped out Dissan Galiwango’s long range shot for corner.
They barely threatened at the other end, with Isaac Ogwang fluffing their best chance when he went free on goal but his weak effort was easily collected by Mutombora at near post.
Kaziba will remain hopeful that better days will come when a couple of players return including former Vipers captain Geoffrey Wasswa who was suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
However, youngster Gavin Kizito will miss coming games after that straight red card, the fourth red recieved by Villa this season!
The Villa players behaviours should worry Kaziba after Joseph Nsubuga also survived a send off when he stupidly pushed away Manzoki off the ball!
Vipers Pass Stern Test
These are games Vipers must win to send a statement of intent to other title suitors URA and Express FC.
It was a deserved victory but most importantly a needed result for Coach Fred Kajoba after he saw his side look second best in the home draw against URA last time out.
Manzoki, Mucureezi, Dissan Galiwango and Ibrahim Orit were recalled into the starting XI and Vipers looked up for the mission right from the word go.
However, it was until the 27th minute when Bobosi Byaruhanga split the uprights when he went for power from inside the area.
Ssentamu scored his 15th league goals of the season while Mucureezi capped his brilliant display with a well taken freekick.
Kajoba will leave Bombo a happy man but will not be contented with the manner in which his goalkeeper Mutombora conceded such a silly goal, while Halid Lwaliwa limped off again.
Vipers, who won the first round reverse fixture 3-0 at Kitende, have completed a rare double over bitter rivals Villa.
The two sides meet again in the double header of the Quarterfinals of Uganda Cup.
Team Starting Lists
SC Villa – Saidi Keni, Joseph Nsubuga, Derrick Ndahiro, Gavin Kizito, Asuman Alishe, Amir Kakomo, Fred Agandu, Ronald Olaki, Salim Abdallah, Isaac Ogwang, Saddam Masereka.
Vipers SC – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Dissan Galiwango, Aziz Kayondo, Halid Lwaliwa, Musa Ssali, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Paul Mucureezi, Ibrahim Orit, Yunus Ssentamu, Caesar Manzoki
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