By Denis Turyahebwa
Vipers SC overcame UPDF FC 3-1 in Uganda Cup Round of 16 first-leg tie that was held at Bombo Military Barracks on Saturday.
An own goal by Joseph Vuni and two strikes from Ibrahim Orit and a late strike from Cesar Manzoki ensured the Venons’ win while Brian Kayanja scored the only goal for the military side.
UPDF took a surprising lead in the 11th minute when Kayanja found the back of the net. The Venoms did not look aside in hurry to equalise until the 30th minute when they threatened but the opponents – who had camped in their area – blocked their efforts.
Bobosi Byaruhanga picked up the first yellow card on the side of the Venoms in the 37th minute.
Vipers headcoach Fred Kajoba made a double substitution at half time bringing on Ceasar Manzoki and Milton Karisa for David Bagoole and Lawrence Tezikya.
Ssentamu could have equalised for the Venoms in the 50th minute but UPDF’s goalkeeper Eric Kabowa denied him. UPDF then conceded in the 64th minute after Vuni headed into his own net from a corner delivery by Byaruhanga.
In the 66th minute, Orit gave Vipers the lead before he was yellow-carded a minute later. Kajoba made further changes that saw Allan Kayiwa and Livingstone Mulondo come on for Ssentamu and Galiwango.
UPDF’s Davis Kasirye made a lethal attempt on goal from long range in the 80th minute a chance that would have levelled matters but the Venoms custodian Fabien Mutombora collected the ball well.
Cesar Manzoki slotted home the third in the 90th minute thanks to substituting Abraham Ndugwa’s brilliant delivery.