AUPL: Kirya’s Late Strike Leaves Mubiru’s Job Hanging in Balance

Uganda Premier League
Vipers 1-2 SC Villa

Abdallah Mubiru’s future at Vipers sports club seems uncertain after defeat to SC Villa piled more misery on his team dropping to 5th position.

Ambrose Kirya’s late strike did not only bring victory to Shafik Bisaso’s coached side but also put a halt to a poor run against Vipers that had seen the Jogoos go 14 league games without a win against Vipers.

The last time Villa registered a win against the Kitende based side was on 1st March 2009. (Villa won 3-1).

Despite Ibrahim Kayiwa giving Vipers the lead, this Villa staged a stunning comeback after recess with goals coming from defensive midfielder Tadeo Lwanga and Ambrose Kirya.

Vipers started the game without Tony Odur and Erisa Ssekisambu but still had a better start albeit failing to put away the chances.

Kayiwa who had come on for injured Halid Lwaliwa four minutes after the half hour mark surged up to head home Nicholas Wadada’s cross in the 44th minute and give Vipers a halftime lead.

SC Villa returned recharged after the break and in the 58th minute, advice Tadeo Lwanga who was the skipper of the day levelled matters.

Martin Kizza won a free kick just outside the area and his cross from the resultant free kick met Lwanga unmarked to fire past goalkeeper Ismael Watenga.

Possession kept oscillating from team to another but both sides failed to utilise the chances.

With the game almost heading for a stalemate, web SC Villa won a penalty after Hassan Wasswa tripped Tadeo Lwanga in the forbidden area and referee Alex Muhabi pointed to the spot kick.

AbduMalik Vitalis Tabu stepped up to take the penalty which was denied by Watenga but Ambrose Kirya picked the rebound to fire home and send SC Villa fans into a frenzy.

The result means SC Villa remain second on 27 points, four behind leaders KCCA who earned a hard fought 3-2 win against Proline.

On the other hand, Vipers drop from third to fifth and remain on 20 points, now 11 points behind KCCA.

Vipers have now won just a single game in their last five a thing that leaves Abdallah Mibiru’s job hanging in balance.

Earlier in the game, Vipers fans turned rowdy, throwing stones on the pitch, an incident that caused the arrest of one of the fans.

Vipers starting XI: Ismael Watenga, Nicholas Wadada, Dan Birikwalira, Hassan Wasswa, Halid Lwaliwa, Shafik Bakaki, Deus Bukenya, Kizito Keziron, Pius Wangi, Bashir Mutanda, Brian Kakaire

SC Villa starting XI: Samson Kirya, Joseph Nsubuga, John Adriko, Henry Katongole, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Tadeo Lwanga, Paul Mbowa, Abel Eturude, Alex Benzema, Umar Kasumba, Ambrose Kirya


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