Clinical Villa extract venom from Vipers
FOOTBALL | Record league champions SC Villa boosted their survival hopes with emphatic victory away to champions Vipers SC, consigning the Kitende-based side to their first league defeat since a 2-1 reverse to URA on November 27, 2017.
On a day most Jogoos elected to boycott the duel at St Mary’s Stadium over recent animosity between the two clubs, Charles Lwanga, Pius Wangi and Joseph Ssemujju turned into snake hunters, picking Vipers with expert ease before extracting all the venom in them.
Jogoos fans, partly convinced that their relegation-threatened side was only honouring the fixture at St Mary’s, reportedly erected a giant screen at Villa Park in Nsambya the StarTimes Uganda Premier League match on Sanyuka TV instead.
But within six minutes of the game, Lwanga made a few fans start doubting their decision and, ten minutes later, the doubts started turning into regrets as Wangi stretched the lead to leave Vipers hissing.
SC Villa fans have over the recent past taken to an unlikely bitter relations with their Vipers counterparts, with matters threatening to go wayward at St Mary’s last year when Jogoos were accused of vandalism.
An angry Lawrence Mulindwa, the Vipers supremo, instituted a probe to find the fans who had plucked off several seats at St Mary’s Stadium and banned them from accessing the stadium.
Angry at the reaction, the Blues took to remonstrating against anything Vipers. And, after their loss to URA last weekend, they turned the frustration on Vipers publicist Abdu Wasike, whom they threatened to beat up for showing up at their match in Namboole.
However, while the fans only threatened, the players acted it the beating after appearing to have trained overnight in snake handling.
African football philosophy is closely intertwined with voodoo. Tales of European-based African pros flying back home to ‘recharge their batteries’ are common.
The local football milieu isn’t any different.
Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, an elderly woman in Kakira was a favourite of many footballers in the super league. Sights of SC Villa, Express and KCC stars driving in to pay their respects to cowrie shells were common.
And now, decades later.
Not that SC Villa are into voodoo, but to survive relegation, a team would need anything that that brings in the much-needed points, including squeezing the hollow fangs in the upper jaw of the Vipers to extract venom.
Form book and odds not only pointed to a routine Vipers win, but also left those who take interest in goals wondering just by how many Villa would lose.
Yet from the moment Lwanga scored, Vipers were dazed and could only draw out their tongue and hiss as Villa exuded the kind of confidence they put up against league leaders KCCA and Express at Namboole.
Going two goals up would have rattled many a team but Vipers held onto their 16-month invincibility and thought they had it coming their way when Tito Okello provided a glimmer of hope as the first half ticked down.
The three points move the 16-time champions six points clear of Nyamityobora in the red zone while the venom extracted from Vipers could just be the most perfect item to use to appease Hermes, god of sport, to intercede on the fate of the Jogoos.
Meanwhile, Vipers missed the chance to close the gap on leaders KCCA FC, who laboured to a dour draw away to Bright Stars.
Police beat Ndejje University 1-0 as Tooro United inflicted similar damage on Paidha Black Angels while Onduparaka could only for a dour draw at home to Kirinya Jinja SS.