Pre-season Build Up match: Mbarara City FC shocks League Champions Vipers SC at Kakyeka.

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Pre-season Build Up match.

Wednensday 29th August 2018.

Kakyeka Stadium-Mbarara.

Mbarara City FC 1-0 Vipers SC

Filed: Wednesday 29th August 2018. Last updated: 1PM Thursday 30th August 2018.

 Mbarara City FC registered ninth win in ten preseason games after edging out Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC on a cold Wednesday evening at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara.

Former Buwekura county forward Umar Mihinza sent the City fans into jubilation with a cool finish six minutes from time.

Umar should have doubled the host’s advantage deep in stoppage time but he was denied by the brilliance of goal keeper Fabian Mutombora who produced a great save.

Substitute Karim Ndugwa’s shot went through a number of Vipers’ defenders legs before it found Umar unattended to in front of goal before he shot past goalkeeper Fabian Mutombora at near post.

The left footed forward has now scored in back to back games for the Ankole Lions having scored the winner against Wakiso Giants on 18th August, he was on target forth time in Mbarara City colors having netted against Wakiso Giants FC, Kyazanga Vipers FC, Mbarara Ghetto FC and Vipers SC.

Mbarara City FC defender Byekwaso Zaidi challenges Vipers striker Mzee Dan Sserunkuma.

Livingstone’s Mbabazi side created too little in the first half after failing to register a short on target but was more creative in the second half when goal scorer Muhinzi Umar forced a great save from the Vipers’ custodian Mutombora after forty eight minutes.

The League Champions could have scored twice in the first half but Mzee Dan Serunkuma missed a clear chance from close range while Bashir Asiku headed out from four yards.

There was more flare from the Ankole lions after the introduction of Barssey Methodius, Karim Ndugwa and Siraje Musindo as the three substitutes constantly kept the Vipers’ defense on their toes.

Vipers coach substituted captain Tadeo Lwanga after half time, which gave a lot of freedom to Ivan Eyam to run passed the Vipers’ midfield.

Mbarara City have now recorded their sixth consecutive home win in preseason, a run that has seen them score fifteen goals.

City fans appreciated the progress the team is making.

The Ankole Lions missed the services of former Onduparaka FC centre back Muhammad Rashid who suffered a knock in training on Tuesday but on loan striker Karim Ndugwa who joined from Wakiso Giants FC arrived in time to make his debut.

The win also means the Ankole Lions have defeated Vipers SC for the first time after drawing one and losing two of their previous three meetings.

For the League Champions, they failed to find the back of the net for the first time against Mbarara City FC, also their first at Kakyeka Stadium, having netted in their last two visits.

City also maintained their unbeaten against  Uganda Premier League sides  in season build up games managing draws against KCCA FC (0-0) and twice against Vipers SC after today’s win and a 1-1 draw last season.

Vipers Head coach highlighted the importance of improving the performances of the team before the season starts later in September.

“For us we have to keep improving, I have to improve this team, we were in Mbale for two weeks and we just came back from there, this game was good to see our performance”. Said Martinez Espinoza.

“We made some mistakes back there but we will work on that during the week and before we start the league we’ll do better, we have a Martinezlot of time to do that” Added 

What next?

Vipers SC will have another build up match at Kakyeka on Thursday when they take on Uganda Premier League new comers Nyamityobora FC.

How they lined up

Mbarara FC players team photo

Mbarara City FC

Ali Kimera (G.K), Zaid Byekwaso, Jasper Ahebwa, Hilary Mukundane, Asuman Alishe, Pistis Barenge, Stephen Kabuye (Siraje Musindo), Ivan Eyam (Kansime Sam), Ibrahim Orit (Barssey Methodius), Makweth Wol (Karim Ndugwa), Umar Muhinzi (Elieza Okorie).

Unused substitutes Muhammad Ssekeba (G.K), Stephen Othieno, Brian Ahebwa, Noah Akandwanaho, Swalik Segujja, Hamiim Ssemakula,Paul Darko.

Vipers SC

Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Fred Okot, Aggrey Madoi, Bashir Asiku, Geofrey Wasswa, Henry Katongole, Tadeo Lwanga (Patrick Ssenfuka) , Brian Nkuubi Ssemakula, Tom Masiko (Duncan Sseninde), Dan Sserunkuma, Noah Wafula (Davis Kasirye).

Vipers SC players pose for a photo before the match.

Yellow cards

Mbarara City FC: Ibrahim Orit, Mukundane Hilary, Barssey Methodius.

Vipers SC: Henry Katongole.

Goal: Muhinzi Umar, 84th Minute.

Man Of the Match: Muhinzi Umar

Match Officials:

Centre refree: Kalibbala  Johnbosco

First Assistant: Referee Kakooza Emmy

Second Assistant Referee: Ssekayiba Fahad

L-R, Second Assistant Referee Ssekayiba Fahad, Vipers Captain Tadeo Lwanga, Center Referee Kalibbala Johnbosco, Mbarara City Captain Halishe Asuman and First Assistant Referee kakooza Emmy.

Stadium Update.

Works started at Kakyeka Stadium on Thursday 30th August as the Ankole Lions prepare for the upcoming 2018/19 Uganda Premier League season.

After gaining full authority over the management of the stadium, Mbarara City FC will build a new fence around the stadium and will also build a new perimeter fence inside the stadium to prevent fans from running to the pitch during matches.

The stadium will be painted red and white, the colors of their sponsors Top Bet.

Kakyeka Stadium will also have a press conference room and a shop that will sell the teams merchandise.

Three more gates will be opened up to make a total of four gates, the gates will include entrances for home fans, away fans, VIPs and Vehicles.

Mbarara City FC Pre-season results.

Mbarara City FC 1-0 Vipers SC

Mbarara City FC 1-0 Wakiso Giants

Mbarara City FC 4-1 Katete Arsenal

Mbarara City FC 3-0 Mbarara Police FC

Mbarara City FC 3-2 Mbarara Ghetto FC

Mbarara City FC 3-0 Nakivale FC

Buwekura 1-1 Mbarara City FC

Six O’clock FC 0-1 Mbarara City FC

Ibanda Select 0-2 Mbarara City FC

Vipers SC Pre-season results

Mbarara City FC 1-0 Vipers

Yardim FC 1-0 Vipers SC

Vipers SC 1-0 Natete Select

Mbale Select 1-3 Vipers SC

Sironko Town Council 0-8 Vipers SC

Kataka 0-3 Vipers SC

Mbale Heroes 0-6 Vipers SC

CRO 1-3 Vipers SC

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