By Simon Abaho
The skies set loose as it showered rainwater and goals when Vipers Sports Club clinched their Uganda Cup title in history.
The Vipers humiliated Jinja-based BUL Football Club 8-1 in a completely one-sided duel at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Sunday, 26th September 2021.
Yunus Sentamu grabbed the headlines with a haul in a match that was marred by unfortunate scenes when BUL lost their goalkeeper Sanon Mulabi through injury in the second half.
Defender Livingstone Mulondo, tournament top scorer Ceaser Lobi Manzoki (brace) and winger Milton Karisa completed the misery for BUL.
BUL’s consolation came through Hamis Tibita with 17 minutes to play.
Mulondo gave Vipers the lead as early as the third minute. Yunus Sentamu doubled the scored in the 26th minute before Manzoki made it three in the 36th minute.
Two minutes later, Manzoki tapped home after an enterprising run down the right lane as the opening stanza read 4-0 for the Venoms.
The massacre continued in the final half with Sentamu’s second goal on a rainy evening.
He completed the hat-trick in the 54th minute before Karisa came to the score-sheet with the 7th goal via a deflected free-kick.
Sentamu got Vipers’ 8th goal in the one-sided duel with 23 minutes to play.
Vipers’ Burundian goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora limped out with knee injury and he was carried on the back by teammate Manzoki after the absence of a stretcher.
Tibita struck with a distant shot past substitute goalkeeper Derrick Kiggundu in the 73rd minute.
Vipers surpassed the record for most goals in a single final of this championship that has been played since 1971 after Express’ 4-1 identical wins over Nile and UEB in 1991 and 1997 respectively.
Vipers also had a clean sweep of individual accolades with the top scorer Manzoki (7 goals), best midfielder (Bobosi Byaruhanga), goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora and most outstanding defender Livingstone Mulondo.
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