Sunday, September 26
*Vipers 8-1 BUL
Vipers FC scored for fun to obliterate BUL FC in a one-sided eventful Stanbic Uganda Cup final at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Striker Yunus Sentamu scored four goals, Caesar Manzoki bagged a brace while Livingston Mulondo and Milton Karisa added one each in a one sided game.
This is the most high scoring final, and also won by a biggest margin, in the history of the competition.
BUL FC who trailed 4-0 at halftime, conceded two quick goals at restart before their goalkeeper was taken off hurt.
Without a substitute goalkeeper, BUL FC handed the gloves to striker Musa Esenu who shipped in two more in a game BUL will want to forget easily.
Hamis Tibita brought one back for BUL before referee George Olemu ended the match to put BUL out of their misery.
It is Vipers second Uganda Cup title since beating Onduparaka in the 2015/16 final at Nakivubo.
Goals Galore – When It Rains, It Surely Pours
BUL FC took a sigh of relief when Milton Karisa’s goal was ruled out for offside in the second minute.
But a minute later, Vipers immediately scored a genuine one. Mulondo was at the far end to end head home from Bobosi Byaruhanga’s freekick.
Sentamu scored the second when he recieved from Paul Willa, showed poacher instincts to beat Walter Ochora before slotting under goalkeeper Sanon Mulabi.
Manzoki got his first at the half hour mark. The striker slid in from a neat low cross by Kalisa.
They were not done yet. Manzoki grabbed his brace when he ran past Godfrey Akol before lashing in with his left foot as the Venoms took a 4-0 led at halftime.
At restart, Vipers started from where they had stopped.
Sentamu showed quality when he scored with a volley after Bagoole’s assist from the byline.
Sentamu got his hat-trick, heading in at near post after freeing himself from the marker to meet a floating cross from Bobosi Byaruhanga.
And then Munabi was taken off from goal for striker Esenu.
When Karisa was fouled by Madoi just outside the area, he fancied his chances on a freekick given BUL had ‘no’ goalkeeper.
And his effort went in after taking a deflection off Aggrey Madoi.
Watambala neatly put it in a plate for Sentamu to get his fifth, and eighth for the club.
Tibita scored for BUL FC when he received from Ssemujju, cut from inside before launching a rocket that found its way past substitute goalkeeper Denis Kiggundu.
Robertinho Completes Task
Vipers coach Roberto Oliveira will go down in history for winning the club their second Uganda Cup title.
But it is a journey that was started by Fred Kajoba before he parted ways with the club prior to the return leg of the Quarterfinal tie against SC Villa after a one-all draw in Kitende.
Paul Kiwanuka was on touchline as the Venoms beat Villa 2-0 away in Bombo to send the side to the semis on June 2.
Much has happened since then, mainly the postponment of the competition due to Covid19.
In dramatic turn of events, Vipers threatened to withdraw from the competition when FUFA communicated dates for resumption, citing that they were informed on a short notice.
Then, the club had not appointed a new coach and had not kick started their trainings.
The format of the competition was changed to one-leg tie at the semis.
Fast forward, they unveiled Brazillian Robertinho on August 27 to take over the mantle. And his first assignment was to deliver this Uganda Cup.
He assembled the team, inheriting a good side, and they showed their quality when they eased past Police 2-0 in the first semi to reach the final.
The ease with which they won the final will surely send shock waves to opponents ahead of new season for a side that recently added young goalkeeper Jack Komakech and Bright Anukani.
BUL FC Settles for Sh20m
BUL were short handed after releasing most of their players with 2020/21 licenses.
They got away with it when they beat Express FC 1-0 in the semifinal, playing the game with two substitutes.
Against Vipers, they found a team that was just hungry for silverware and they were torn apart into threads, to say the least.
Some of the players were played out of positions and the big blow came in the 60th minute when goalkeeper Sanon Mulabi was injured and could not continue.
None on their bench was a goalkeeper, and so they had to improvise with Esenu.
He conceded two more as merciless Vipers extended their huge lead.
He saved a cross from Yunus and also denied Paul Mucureezi when he punched out his long range for corner but damage had already been caused.
This is BUL FC’s best title run in Uganda Cup history, but the manner in which it ended will be the one they will want to forget.
They will bank Sh20m as a consolation in prize money while Vipers will smile to the bank with Sh50m.
The two beaten semi finalists of Express and Police will take Sh12m.
Past Uganda Cup Finals Since 2010
2009/2010: Victors 1(5)-1(4) Simba
2010/11: Simba 2-1 URA
2011/12: URA 1-0 Bunamwaya (now Vipers)
2012/13: Victoria Univ 1(5)-1(3) Vipers
2013/14: URA 2(4)-2(2) KCCA
2014/15: SC Villa 3-0 KCCA
2015/16: Vipers 3-1 Onduparaka
2017: KCCA 2-0 Paidha
2018: KCCA 1-0 Vipers
2019: Proline 1(5)-1(4) Bright Stars
2021: Vipers 8-1 BUL
Most Uganda Cup Titles
10 – KCCA, Express
9 – SC Villa
2 – Simba, Coffee, Mbale, Victors, Vipers
1 – UEB, Nsambya Old Tymers, Victoria University, Proline
Vipers SC XI – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Dissan Galiwango, Livingston Mulondo, Bashir Asiku, Siraje Sentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, David Bagoole, Milton Karisa, Caesar Manzoki, Yunus Sentamu
Substitutes – Denis Kiggundu, Allan Kayiwa, Aziz Kayondo, Paul Mucureezi, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Orit, Dan Sserunkuma
BUL FC XI – Sanon Mulabi, Aggrey Madoi, Walter Ochora, Fredson Gwoto, Godfrey Akol, Allan Kiggundu, Owen Mukisa, Simon Oketch, Musa Esenu, Martin Oprem, Joseph Ssemuju
Substitutes – Richard Wandyaka, Hamis Tibita, Thomas Kabale, Ambrose Kirya, Ibrahim Mugulusi