Friday, October 22
*Vipers 5-0 Wakiso Giants
Yunus Sentamu bagged four as Vipers strolled past troubled Wakiso Giants in an eventful game at St Mary’s stadium at Kitende.
Wakiso Giants ended the game with a man down after George Kaddu lost his temper but the Purple Sharks could have had keeper Samson Kirya sent off on the day as well.
Kirya caught the ball outside his box, and later dangerously hurtled into Ibrahim Orit, but referee Ronald Kirangwa proved lenient on both occasions.
It was a horrible show for Douglas Bamweyana’s side who showed their indiscipline when they crowded at the match officials when Caesar Manzoki scored Vipers third.
Yunus had put Vipers in cruise control when he raced on a Milton Karisa through ball to beat Kirya.
The forward got his second when he poked in after Karisa had hit the crossbar.
He scored the third in the second half thanks to good work from Aziz Kayondo down the left, and later decorated the day with his fourth when he rounded Moses Aliro and Joshua Lubwama to shoot at the far bottom of Kirya’s goal frame.
Sentamu Up and Running
There were many doubters when Vipers re-signed Yunus Sentamu at last season.
May detractors claimed that the striker was already past his expiry date.
Such were harsh comments for a goal poacher who rose to the the stage at the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament in South Africa.
His return at Vipers was banked on his experience gained at AS Vita, Sfaxien, Tirana and Ilves.
Sentamu took the 2020/21 season by storm when he scored 16 goals to claim the league golden boot.
He scored four in the final as Vipers eased past BUL to win the Uganda Cup last month in Njeru.
His performance on Friday was a reminder that he still has a lot in his armoury and an early warning to the defenders this season.
He showed great awareness to race on Karisa’s ball that had split the defence to slot below Kirya with his left foot for the first goal.
He was then in a right place at the right time, a sign of a striker’s instinct, to pounce in the rebound after Karisa’s wild cross ricocheted off the crossbar.
His third will be credited on Aziz Kayondo’s hard-work who got the better of Aliro before laying it on Yunus’ plate to head home unmarked. But he managed to generate much pace in that header to elude Kirya.
Yunus’ fourth was a thing of beauty. He collected from Karim Watambala, rolled further, beat Aliro and Lubwama to cut onto his right before firing at the bottom corner.
It was a classic performance and an advert for Sentamu who was in Thursday nominated for Airtel FUFA Male Player of the year.
Stupid George Kaddu Red Highlights Wakiso Giants’ Indiscipline
It was a huge mountain to climb for Wakiso Giants when they went three down by the 29th minute.
There was still some faint hopes to mount a challenge and keeping 11 players on the pitch was going to be a good start for Douglas Bamweyana.
But when Kaddu was sent off, he left a big work load behind for his players.
Bamweyana will surely take the blame for failing to control his players as they contested almost every referee’s call.
The players hid their defensive disorganization in wrongly pinning the match officials.
Joshua Lubwama kept Manzoki on-side by a mile and the match officials were excellent to let the goal stand.
And when they protested, Kaddu was booked.
Bamweyana was tactically shrewd to play Simon Namwanja in the centre-back and taking him off, instead of George Kaddu who was still fuming after his first yellow card, for Rahmat Ssenfuka was a wrong call as well.
Kaddu slashed Karisa for his second yellow, and when the referee was in the process of booking him, the player slapped the cards off Referee’s hands to the green!
His captain Hassan Ssenyonjo and teammates grabbed him by shoulders to show their anguish and disappointment.
They were extremely poor defensively and almost conceded very early only for Milton Karisa to rattle his header, off Bright Anukani freekick, onto the crossbar in the second minute.
The Venoms did not break any sweet for their opener, and the tie was all but over when they went 3-0 just before the half-hour mark.
The way and ease with which Vipers strolled through their defence summed up their defensive frailties perfectly and a porous midfield that offered no resistance throughout.
Scoring was Bamweyana’s concern coming into the fixture but the fact that they have conceded eight in their opening two games, exposes how big a task the gaffer has to put this team where he wants it to be.
The good thing is that its still very early in the season and they will be facing lighter opponents in the coming games but how fast they can forget these two defeats will determine how quick they can recover and get back on track.
What Next – Vipers have no matchday three opponent but may play SC Villa if cleared. They visit Express on Saturday October 30.
For Wakiso Giants, they take on Police FC on matchday three at Lugogo on Tuesday before welcoming Busoga United on Saturday at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium
Vipers SC XI – Fabien Mutombora (GK), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Livingstone Mulondo, Bashir Asiku, Siraje Ssentamu, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Bright Anukani, Yunus Ssentamu, Milton Karisa, Ceaser Manzoki.
Subs – Jack Komakech (GK), Jacob Okao, Disan Galiwango, Musa Ssali, Karim Watambala, Ibraham Orit, Nelito Tevares.
Wakiso Giants XI – Samson Kirya, Moses Aliro, Alex Komakech, Edward Satulo, Simon Namwanja, George Kaddu, Joshua Lubwama, Titus Ssematimba, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Amos Muwonge, Ivan Bogere
Subs: Derrick Emukule (G.K), Fahad Kawooya, Sharif Kimbowa, Frank Ssebuufu, Tom Masiko, Frank Ssenyondo, Rahmat Ssenfuka
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