Monday’s Result

Kigezi HomeBoyz FC 0-1 Vipers SC

Yunus Sentamu’s lone strike was enough for us to edge a resilient Kigezi Homeboys side 1-0 in a Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 64 tie that was initially postponed.

Sentamu who was the hero in the 2021 final, netting four goals as the Venoms humiliated BUL FC 8-1, was at it again, sinking the home team’s hopes of advancing to the Round of 32 at the Kigezi Municipal Stadium.

He, in the process, sent the Kitende outfit to the latter round where they will take on Kalongo United on Saturday.

The first 45 minutes were rather cagey as both teams struggled to create clear goal scoring opportunities but were only limited to half chances.

The visitors had the first sight of the goal but Livingstone Mulondo’s header at five minutes off Disan Galiwango’s freekick, missed the target by a few inches.

Cesar Manzoki, at 15 minutes, shrugged off a few bodies to create shooting space, and immediately let fly, but, a defender was on guard to brilliantly block.

For the rest of the half, despite dominance in terms of possession by the Venoms, they struggled to break down the resilient Kigezi wall. The narrative was no different in the early moments of the second half.

The first real opportunity fell Manzoki’s way but, with the goal at his mercy, he headed wide Paul Willa’s cross at 65 minutes.

In the 77th minute, Sentamu superbly controlled and executed a decent overhead kick but was denied by a good save by the hosts’ goalkeeper Raveli James Mugabo.

Six minutes later, Sentamu broke the deadlock for the Venoms after a well-executed shot from outside the box past Mugabo, to the relief of the seemingly frustrated visitors.

In the end, it was the all-important goal that Vipers needed to get off their title defence to a positive note.

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