By: Danito Nsubuga
It was a result that changed the tide of the show down to the climax of the Uganda premier league championship.
Vipers registered their 8th win over SC Villa in their 16th meeting bowing the run in wide open and in Vipers favour.
Dan Mzee Serunkuuma’s 30th minute strike was the difference.
Here is how SC Villa players rated;
1.Samson Kirya 6.0
Villa’s number 1 wasn’t entirely at fault for Serunkuuma’s goal. His defence failed to keep an eye on the experienced striker who positioned himself well to punish the Jogoos
2. Mukasa Musa 5.5
Preferred to start ahead of Joseph Nsubuga who was left out due to reasons only known to him and his coach, Mukasa has a good day but it was from his position that Serunkuuma launched Vipers’ revival. He was also presented with a chance to make amends but he squandered it.
3. John Adriko 5.
Decent game but he allowed so many balls to be crossed through his area. He failed to stop Nkuubi from delivering that important cross to Serunkuuma
4. Bernard Muwanga 5.0
The usually Mr unshakable looked nervous right from the onset, he grew in stature as the game moved on but the damage was already done. Some of his tackles were mistimed and late. Big responsibility awaits him to lift his team up
5. Henry Katongole 6.0
Neat and tidy but he was bullied by Vipers’ quick passes upfront. Did well with his height but he should have done better in communication with his captain during the build up to Serunkuuma’s goal
6. Nicholas Kasozi 7.5
Arguably the beat performer of the evening, Kasozi and Kyambadde were the only Villa players who caught the game by the scuff, he bossed the midfield with timely interceptions and distributed the ball better. He nearly registered an assist with a looped ball to Bogere.
7. Abel Eturude 5.5
He had a quiet evening by his standards, he was mostly on the receiving end of Lwanga’s hard tackles. His combination with Kasozi was tick
8. Godfrey Lwesibawa 5.0
Fresh from injury, Bbosa’s decision to start him ahead of fitter forwards will be questioned, he looked a bit unfit and low on match fitness. He was withdrawn at half time for Yubu Bogere.
9. Allan Kyambadde 7.0
SC Villa’s best outlet going forward, he provided the team an impetus to attack with his trickery and quick movement. His penalty shout wasn’t successful when Ssali Mashud waved play on.
10. Alex Kitatta 5.0
The surprise inclusion into the starting eleven, Kitatta’s speed and agility was a big challenge to Lwaliwa and Asiku. Kitatta failed to connect well with Martin’s Kizza’s corner delivery when he was unmarked in the first period.
11. Martin Kizza 5.5
He was a shadow of the usual Villa go to man, Kizza failed to impose himself on the game. He also wasted one one if the best chances of the game 10 minutes into the second period.
Yubu Bogere 6.0
He came on for Lwesibawa, he provided a huge advantage in terms of presence and positional awareness but he was guilty of missing the most clear cut chances of the day. He won’t want to watch the videos of that game again.
George Senkaba 5.0
Brought on for Alex Kitatta and he immediately got a glorious chance to equalise for Villa but he was inches late to connect with a through ball and ended up colliding with Watenga.
Yaya Mahad Kakooza 5.5
He did OK. Provided some cover and tried to contain Brian Nkuubi from making runs from deep midfield
Coach Wasswa Bbosa 5.0
The Villa tactician will shoulder the blame for his team’s failure to clinch a much desired victory when all the stakes were on him to deliver. The decision to start Alex Kitata ahead of the more in form forwards will forever be questioned. His substitutions were spot on and they almost turned the game on its head