Kampala. The school term at St. Mary’s Kitende started over the weekend for a number of students. But as the students reported back to school, so did six old boys as Vipers and SC Villa clashed in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
Three of those, Bashir Mutanda, Pius Wangi and Ashraf Mandela had an axe to grind having left in acrimonious circumstances.
They had to force through moves away from the club, subsequently missing the first round meeting between the two teams to join David Owori who was deemed surplus to requirements.
That situation in addition to the growing rivalry between fans of the two clubs all set the tone for an explosive encounter.
And they did not disappoint as SC Villa recorded a stunning 3-1 victory to dent Vipers title hopes and in the process boost their own survival hopes. Led by Pius Wangi who reportedly requested to feature after being told he would miss the game as punishment for absconding from training, Villa shocked their hosts with their high intensity approach. It yielded two quick goals with Wangi unselfishly setting up Charles Lwanga on eight minutes when through on goal. The diminutive forward then looped a header over Vipers goalkeeper Fabian Mutombora for a 2-0 advantage in the 16th minute.
“We’ve been working so hard but not getting the results that we deserved. We knew the opponents we were playing so we played the players in the most suitable positions. We have quality players in various positions so we adjust according to the game,” Bamweyana said of his team’s performance. This included Derrick Ndahiro usually a left wing back excelling as a central defender against more established players such as Daniel Sserunkuma and Tito Okello.
Okello halved the deficit before half time, before another former Vipers player Joseph Ssemujju restored Villa’s two goal cushion with a firm header from Emmanuel Kalyowa’s freekick three minutes after the break. The result helped Villa move six points above the relegation places and in the process ending Vipers 34-game unbeaten run in the league.
“It was a bad day in office. We were disorganised and the better team won the game,” Vipers coach Michael Ouma conceded. His side remains on 37 points, four behind leaders KCCA.
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