Vipers hammer Arua Hill at St Mary’s Stadium -Kitende floodlights
By Emmanuel Sekago
Vipers SC 2-0 Arua Hill SC
The Uganda Startimes premier league defending champions Vipers Sports Club smiled to a satisfying 2-0 victory over Arua Hill SC under the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende floodlights on Thursday night.
The two Goals from defender Livingstone Mulondo and Nigerian Abubakar Lawal scored in the first half were enough to guide the Venoms to their second win in the Uganda Premier League this season.
Prior to the match, the Venoms supporters were treated to a lit presentation of new signing Allan Okello, who joined the team after Club director Dr Lawrance Mulindwa unveiling him in the morning.
Smartly dressed in a black suit he walked onto the field of play, displayed the Vipers jersey labelled with his name and number and later walked around the field waving to the chanting crowd.
In response to the warm welcome, Okello expressed his joy and excitement in a statement via his social media handles. “Hey Venoms, Here’s to a fresh chapter at VipersSC, Let’s do this #AO8.”
Into the game, Vipers made a fast start and nearly got into the lead in the sixth minute but Mohamed Salem Ekbad’s header was inches wide from a Bright Anukani corner.
Mulondo then broke the deadlock with a thunderous header in the 14th minute, after a superb Ashraf Mandela cross.
In the 32nd minute, the Venoms added a second through Lawal finish, following brilliant interplay between Yunus Sentamu and Bright Anukani.
Yunus Sentamu ignited the move from the centre of the pitch and passed the ball to Anukani who passed it back before Sentamu had a quick exchange with Lawal and the latter fired past goalkeeper Richard Anyama.
In the second half, Arua Hill nearly pulled one back in the 61st minute but Gadafi Wahab’s freekick was met with a brilliant Jack Komakech save.
However in the seven minutes to the 90, skipper Milton Karisa should have added a third for Vipers, but he failed to fully connect with the ball as Anyama saved.
The win gives the defending champions Vipers SC an early lead on the table with two wins from that they defeated Gaddafi FC 2-1 in Jinja on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Venoms who are now leading the table with Six points will take Mbarara City FC away in the next match at Kakyeka Stadium.