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UPL: Villa Run Riot To End Vipers 34 Game Unbeaten Run

Saturday, February 9
Vipers 1-3 Villa
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Onduparaka 0-0 Kirinya Jinja

SC Villa returned to winning ways with a shocking away win against bitter rivals Vipers SC at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

Tito Okello scored for Vipers after Charles Lwanga and Pius Wangi had given the visitors a 2 goal cushion.

Substitute Joseph Ssemujju scored the other in the second half for Villa to complete a 3-1 shocking victory in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League game on Saturday.

The result ends Vipers’ 34 game unbeaten run in the league – Vipers last league loss came at Kitende when they lost 1-2 to URA on November 28. Henry Kiseka and Shafic Kagimu scored each for URA to cancel out Milton Kariisa’s opener then.

The victory is the first for Villa in six games from all competitions. It should be noted that Villa lost the reverse fixture 3-1 in Namboole.

Villa have now collected 18 points from as many games – They however remain in 13th position. This is the third win for Villa this season. They had earlier beaten up on Nyamityobora and Express FC.

The loss is the first for Vipers who remain in second with 37 points, two above Mbarara in third place.

Villa Defy Odds

Coming into the game, the record winners were underdogs to win at Kitende.

Villa coach Douglas Bamweyana named an attacking team, 4-3-3, with Derrick Ndahiro given a place in the heart of defence.

Villa got to off a strong start: Charles Lwanga forced Fabien Mutombora into an early save.

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Pius Wangi unselfishly set Lwanga to score the opener from the far low post in the seventh minute.

Wangi later doubled the effort with a superb headed from Emma Kalyowa’s corner to silence the mammoth home fans.

The best chances for the hosts fell to Tito Okello: He was denied by the woodwork as his header rattled the post before Innocent Wafula’s shot at close range went above the crossbar.

Saidi Keni later denied Tito before his header later was cleared off the line by Ndahiro.

Tito later made amends when he tapped in at close range to give the hosts some breathing space before the break.

At the restart, Bamweyana withdrew Wangi for Ssemujju and the former Vipers did no mistake to head in Kalyowa’s well weighed free-kick for the third, after Ashraf Mandela was fouled by Yayo Lutimba.

Vipers who gave Karim Nizigiyimana his debut, tried to fight back, but even with the introduction of Hamis Diego Kiiza, Abraham Ndugwa and Duncan Sseninde, couldn’t find the second.