Stanbic Uganda Cup (First Leg)
Monday’s Result
Vipers SC 3-0 Busoga United FC 
This Friday (Second Leg)
Busoga United FC v Vipers SC 
Fufa Technical Centre | 3:30pm

Vipers SC beat Busoga United 3-0 at Kitende in the first leg of their Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32 tie.

Ceaser Manzoki helped himself to a brace on the day after Ibrahim Orit had opened the scoring off a header.

Busoga did not cause Vipers serious issues on the day as they tried to feed off half-chances throughout the afternoon.

This is Vipers’ third successive victory over Busoga United having also defeated them 5-3 when the two sides met in the league earlier in the season.

With this season’s Uganda Cup being played on home and away basis, the two teams will face off once again at the Fufa Technical Centre in Njeru on Friday afternoon.

Vipers have made it a habit not to lose at home of late and they somehow always get the job done.

They went into Monday’s game having lost just once in their last 21 league and cup games.

This season, we have won all our eight games at Kitende, scoring 20 goals and conceding just three times.

It was always going to be a surprise if Fred Kajoba’s side failed to take care of a Busoga side that had lost all three of their visits to the venue without scoring.

The Venoms whose only triumph in the competition dates back to 2016, looked comfortable in the early exchanges but were not taking many risks in the name of creating scoring chances.

Manzoki made a brilliant run from his own half but shot over before Richard Basangwa headed straight at Omedwa Rogers off Orit’s cross.

As the hosts upped the tempo of the contest, it always looked like they would be scoring at any moment and did exactly that just past the halfway hour mark as Orit connected neatly with Disan Galiwango’s corner.

Just after the re-start, Galiwango who tops the assist charts in the league sent a delicious cross into the area enabling Manzoki to nod home the second.

The third came off some neat inter-play that allowed Sserunkuma to put it on the plate for Manzoki who obliged by lobbing Omedwa while one-on-one with the shot stopper.

Vipers could have scored more but Manzoki somehow shot over after he was teed up excellently by Basangwa, Paul Willa headed weakly into the ground to enable Omedwa to gather after he rose and met Galiwango’s in-swinging corner, substitute Paul Mucurezi collected from Yunus Ssentamu before side-footing his attempt agonisingly wide and Karik Watambala headed wide from just outside the six-yard box.

The only negative from the contest must be the worry about Ssentamu who looked to be limping when he was substituted late in the contest and replaced by Dan Sserunkuma.

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