By: David Gombe
Vipers SC opened their CECAFA Kagame Cup campaign with a 1-1 stalemate with Jeshila Kulenga Ukuta at Azam Sports complex in Chamazi.
New signings Bashir Sekagya, Ibrahim Kiyemba and Rahmat Ssenfuka all were givens their debuts.
In the 16th minute, Abdulrahaman Musa gave JKU an early lead capitalising on a poor clearance from Vipers’ defender Bashir Asiku.
Pius Wangi and Frank Tumwesigye both were guilty of missing golden opportunities in the first half. At the break it was Abdulrahaman Musa goal that separated both sides.
Early in the second period, Vipers SC tactician Miguel Da Costa reacted by making double substitution as Milton Karisa and Brian Nkuubi were introduced on for Frank Tumwesigye and Duncan Seninde respectively.
The changes introduced on turned the game and in the 55th minute, Milton Karisa fed Dan Sserunkuma who headed in perfectly to level the scores.
Rahmat Ssenfuka and Ibrahim Kiyemba were both cautioned for foul play and dissent. By the end of proceedings both sides had to settle for a point.
Vipers SC will next play defending champions Azam FC on Sunday 1 July whereas JKU will face off with South Sudan’s Kator FC.
Vipers SC XI
Bashr Sekagya, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Ashiraf Mandela, Tadeo Lwanga, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Frank Tumwesigye Zaga, Pius Wangi, Duncan Seninde, Dan Serunkuma
Eric Kibowa, Fred Okot, Aggrey Madoi, Brian Nkuubi, Brian Kalumba, Milton Karisa, Steven Mukwala