SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Vipers SC 8-1 BUL FC
Vipers SC have won the 2021 Stanbic Uganda Cup after annihilating BUL FC 8-1 in a final played at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.
Striker Yunus Sentamu scored four goals, Congolese import Ceaser Manzoki Lobi grabbed a brace while Livingstone Mulondo and Milton Karisa netted one apiece.
It was a one sided encounter that had a number of talking points and will go down in books as the highest scoring final in the history of the competition while Vipers automatically become the finalists with the highest winning margin.
It was 4-0 at halftime while BUL FC were forced to field a striker Musa Esenu as a goalkeeper as a replacement of the injured Sanoni Mulabi in the final 35 minutes of the game.
Esenu conceded the last two goals while Hamis Tibita pulled one back for the Alex Isabirye coached side.
From the onset, Vipers made clear intentions of taking full command of the game.
Karisa had his early goal cancelled for offside in the second minute of the game but Mulondo broke the deadlock one minute later when he headed home a Bobosi Byaruhanga set piece.
On 26 minutes, Sentamu made it 2-0 with a brilliant finish following a wonderful spadework by David Bagoole and Paul Willa who set him up inside the box.
Ten minutes later, Manzoki made it 3-0 with a close range tap in from a well laid Karisa cross.
The Congolese striker made it 4-0 two minutes later when he went free from his marker and thumped the ball into the net.
Four minutes into the second half, Sentamu volleyed home a Bagoole cross to make it 5-0.
The Uganda Premier League top scorer then completed his hat trick with a fine header from Byaruhanga’s routine delivery in the 55th minute.
At 6-0, that’s where Esenu came in. He replaced Mulabi who couldn’t continue after limping for almost the entire part of the game but had no back up among the substitutes.
Esenu was given an expected harsh welcome by Karisa whose free kick took a deflection off Aggrey Madoi and found the back of the net in the 65th minute.
Three minutes later, Sentamu made it 8-0 with a feeble shot that found it’s way past Esenu.
It was in the 72nd minute that BUL found a consolation through Tibita who thumped the ball past substitute goalkeeper Kiggundu. Kiggundu had replaced Mutombora who went off limping following a challenge by Ibrahim Mugulusi.
Vipers have successfully won their second title having won the first one in 2016 when they beat Onduparaka 3-1 at Nakivubo.
Mutombora was named the best goalkeeper, Byaruhanga the best midfielder, Manzoki the top scorer with seven goals while Mulondo took home the best defender accolade.