By: David Gombe
Vipers SC climbed to the summit of the AUPL following a 3-1 win over Masavu FC at St. Mary’s Kitende. Courtesy of goals from Tom Masiko, Milton Karisa and Milton Karisa.
In the 30th minute, Masavu was forced into an early change when injured Rashid Kyambadde was replaced by Ddumba Sadala
Moments later, Tom Masiko gave the home side the lead through a sensational free kick that beat Masavu goalkeeper Mansoor Mutumba. The first period broke off with Vipers leading 1-0.
Enter the second half, Vipers made the first change of the game introducing on Milton Karisa for Steven Mukwala earlier on. Masavu also withdrew Herbert Kakande for Ivan Lubaale.
The visitors pressed for the equalizer and their hard work paid off in the 70th minute when substitute Ivan Lubaale converted perfectly a Charles Wamala quality cross to level matters.
With the scores level, Vipers reacted by making a substitution that changed the tide of the game – Pius Wangi coming on for goal scorer Tom Masiko in the 76th minute. Masavu also responded immediately with Arthur Semazzi paving way for Geoffrey Kaana.
The home side also made their final change with Congolese import Mousa Clovis Mbayi coming on for Erisa Sekisambu in the last 7 minutes of the contest.
With the game looking to be heading for a stalemate, super substitute Pius Wangi restored Vipers lead in the 90th minute scoring with the calmness of an assassin from a Deus Bukenya well delivered set piece, sending the Kitende faithfuls in dream land.
Milton Karisa sealed the deal in added time as he was fed by Brian Nkuubi to score his 9th goal of the season.
Masavu assistant coach Alex Gitta was sent off the bench for protesting in the 65th minute.
Deus Bukenya was the only Vipers player booked while James Kasibante and Sulaiman Ochero were the Masavu players cautioned.
The win takes the Kitende outfit top of the AUPL log leapfrogging SC Villa through a superior goal difference but with the same number of points 49.
Masavu FC stays at the base of the AUPL table with 23 points accumulated in 26 games and are only left with 4 games to avoid the drop.
Vipers will continue their quest for the title when they welcome fellow title contenders KCCA in a mouthwatering encounter at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Friday 27th April 2018.
Masavu will intensify their fight for survival when they host Mbarara city at Bugonga Fisheries in their next match on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.