Results for 29th January
- Lugazi Stars FC 1-2 SC Vipers
- Odramachaku 0-1 Bright Stars
- Acholi United FC 1-0 Lugazi FC
- Medical FC 0-1 Young simba FC
The defending champions, Vipers Sports Club, embarked on their Stanbic Uganda Cup trophy defense in a compelling clash against Lugazi Stars Football Club at Metha Stadium, Lugazi.
In this historic encounter, the teams faced off for the first time, and Vipers etched their mark in history by triumphing over Lugazi Stars with a 2-1 victory, securing their spot in the round of 32.
The early minutes of the game unfolded with a sense of balance, as both teams launched attacks on each other.
In the 39th minute, the hosts seized the lead with a goal scored by Saidi Kalifhan, placing a beautifully balanced shot into the back of the net.
Vipers persistently pressed forward in the first half, with Allan Okello delivering a hard left shot, only to be met with an impressive save from the Lugazi Stars’ goalkeeper.
Despite Vipers’ efforts, the hosts held the lead at halftime, the second half witnessed a strategic substitution, as Yunus Sentamu replaced Abubakar Lawal.
Vipers swiftly leveled the score in the 46th minute, courtesy of Milton Karisa’s brilliant shot into the back of the net.
Taking control, Vipers seized the lead in the 54th minute, with a well-laid pass from Richard Matovu and Allan Okello placing a floating header into the net.
The dynamics of the game shifted significantly in the second half, as the visitors dominated the host’s half.
This demonstrated a noticeable change in Livingstone Mbabazi’s side, with Vipers maintaining control of the lead.
In the dying moments of the game, Fazil Tumwine made his debut for Vipers, contributing to the team’s forward play.
His performance added a noteworthy element to Vipers’ overall display, reflecting promise for the defending champions as they progress in the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
As Vipers, they successfully secure their place in the round of 32, anticipating their next challenge.
The identity of their upcoming opponent will be unveiled through a draw, an event that will unfold once all 64 teams have completed their matches and progressed to the next stage.
This pivotal moment adds an element of suspense to Vipers’ journey, heightening the stakes as they await the unveiling of their next adversary in the Stanbic Uganda Cup.