Vipers starlets inspire Kitende to Copa glory

Copa Coca Cola Championship 

Group Stages

SMASK 2-0 Nakaseke

Iganga SS 0-5 SMASK

SMASK 6-0 Fort Portal SS

Ngora SS 0-6 SMASK

SMASK 6-1 Hill View College

Mabara High 1-1 SMASK

Round of 16

St. Kaggwa 0-4 SMASK

Quarter Final

SMASK 2-0 St. Henry’s Kitovu

Semi-Final

Buddo SS 1 (6)- (7)1 SMASK

Final

Jinja SS 1-3 SMASK

Vipers SC U19 youngsters Bobosi Byaruhanga, Aziz Kayondo and Mutwalib Mugolofa all starred as their school St. Mary’s Kitende overcame a hostile Kakindu Stadium to pip home side Jinja SSS to the Copa Coca Cola Secondary Schools Championship at the weekend.

The triumphant St Mary’s SSS Kitende celebrate winning the Copa Schools’ title for the ninth time.

Midfielder Byaruhanga, despite missing many minutes of group matches as he worked his way back from a persistent injury sustained in a Startimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) game against URA FC at St Mary’s Stadium, finally came to life when it mattered most.

Bobosi Byaruhanga

Club medics ensured he recovered fully in time to play all knock out matches up to the final where his contribution fully felt in midfield.

Another starlet in Kayondo also played a pivotal role as he started all but two games in the tournament. Kayondo, the vice captain of the St. Mary’s Kitende team, was a constant threat down the left side as he exhibited maturity and explosiveness both defensively and offensively while facing some of the best attackers of the tournament.

Aziz Kayondo

GoalKeeper Mutwalib Mugolofa, albeit being rotated with fellow goalkeeper Denis Kiggundu, was also in top form as he conceded only twice all tournament with one of the goals coming in the final game.

Mutwalib Mugolofa

He was part of the final starting XI, which mounted a second half come back to win 3-1 and lift the championship.

The contribution of our other Vipers U19 players can also not go unnoticed. Midfielder Andrew Kawooya assisted four of the six goals in the huge victory over Fort Portal SS.

Forward Yiga Najib also scored twice with his last important goal coming at the final to make it 2-1 for Kitende moments after coming from the bench.

Ivan Asaba also played a bit part role with his best highlight coming when he scored the final penalty in the semi-final against Buddo SS to take St. Mary’s Kitende to the final.

Ivan Asaba

We congratulate all our youngsters upon a successful tournament.

2 comments

  1. congs st mary’s kitende we would like to see the golden generation of vipers sports club
    manufactured by st mary’s soccer academy

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