Stanbic Uganda cup

Round of 32

Vipers 4-0 Kansai Plascon

Vipers Sports Club thrashed Kansai Plascon 4-0 as they turned in a devastating display to rip the big league side apart enroute to the Uganda cup round of 16.

Kenyan Micheal Ouma made sweeping changes to the team which faced CS Sfaxien on Saturday retaining only three players in Ibrahim Kiyemba, Geofrey Wasswa and Tito Okello as Derrick Ochan, Aggrey Madoi, Halid Lwaliwa, Rahmat Senfuka, Tom Masiko, Duncan Seninde, Innocent Wafula, and Abraham Ndugwa started in a strong rotated lineup.

Bromance: Tom Masiko hugs newbie Innocent Wafula after Kansai Plascon conceded an own goal early on.

From the first whistle, Vipers swarmed Plascon who had no way out or capability to contain the Venoms spearheaded by the tenacious Innocent, Ndugwa and Tito who were instantly backed up by the midfield trio of Ssenfuka, Masiko and Sseninde.

The emphatic victory shows many features of a developing Vipers side and that includes the strengths in depth of the squad but equally impressive was the level of talent the coach had to call upon on the bench which was quite strong while most of the usual suspects watched from the stands.

Good work ethic: Tito Okello wasn’t on the scoresheet but put in a shift worth a mention.

In a breathtaking first half, Innocent provided the width and attacking outlet needed as a marauding influence on the right constantly bursting forward with dangerous crosses one of which Desmond Kyobe connected in his own net to give Vipers a deserved lead in the 16th minute.

The visitors responded with a chance of their own but Ochan stood firm to thwart the danger from Ousman Mutumba but Halid’s cool finish in the 26th minute ended any hope of Plascon recovery as he doubled the lead to round off the first half with a commanding margin.

Dead ball specialist: Tom Masiko works the magic from the set-piece.

Vipers tempo increased during the second stanza in pursuit of more goals and victory as Ouma always called on his side to be angrier and the lads vented that fury with a devastating performance.

Ndugwa produced a man of match display scoring two beautiful goals in the 52nd & 73rd minutes respectively as a reward for a performance that boosted everything Ouma wants from his players with heart, desire, application and quality in abundance.

And defensively, the Venoms produced too as they kept the paint makers at bay with almost no clear cut opportunities worth writing about as Ochan remained undisturbed almost the entire second half.

Good for a brace: Abraham Ndugwa laid down his claim for a role in the first XI with a wellexecuted brace.

Moving to a fourth game unbeaten without conceding a goal since Martinez’s departure, is quite something as the team is now overcoming important aspects that had proved problematic during the Mexican’s reign.

This was Vipers last match before the team embarks on that long trip to North Africa for a crucial Caf Confederation Cup play off return leg match against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia on Sunday 20th January, 2019 at the Tareb Mhiri stadium.

Vipers Starting XI

  • Derrick Ochan
  • Ibrahim Kiyemba
  • Aggrey Madoi
  • Halid Lwalilwa (Ibrahim Tembo)
  • Geofrey Wasswa
  • Rahmat Ssenfuka
  • Tom Masiko
  • Duncan Sseninde (Bobos Byaruhanga)
  • Tito Okello (Steven Mukwala)
  • Abraham Ndugwa
  • Innocent Wafula