Kalisa and Ssekisambu each scored in the first half to push Onduparaka to losers zone at St. Mary’s stadium, Kitende again.
Onduparaka’s hopes of balancing points lost in the goalless draw played in Arua against Express lasted only for six minutes against Vipers following Milton Karisa’s opener at the 7th minute, courtesy of Ssekisambu’s assist.
The hopes for an equalizer fleeted for three minutes before Ssekisambu withdraw it from the Caterpillars as he doubled the home lead.
Ssekisambu had a chance to grab a brace at the 60th minute but the Vipers’ forward shot wide whereas before being substituted at the 78th minute Sserunkuma squandered a chance when Onduparaka goal keeper Nicolas Sebwato was most vulnerable.
Cranes International Karisa who now is top scorer with eight goals could have gotten a brace by the 88th minute if not for the clearance of his attempt after he had rounded Onduparaka goal keeper.
Following the two quick first half goals, Manager Livingstone Mbabazi made a tactical decisions to substitute Bida Ezra at half an hour mark and pave way for Kabon Living.
Nevertheless the Caterpillars couldn’t find the back of the next for the remaining one hour as they went on to losing with early goals conceded.
Although the 47th minute saw former Express player, Yafes made attempts to rescue the visitors but missed with inches. Meanwhile, Karim Ndugwa also missed chances.
The defeat is the 5th Mbabazi’s Onduparaka has experienced this season whereas the win is the 9th for Da Costa’s Vipers.
Consequently Vipers moves second on the table, a point behind SC Villa who will visit the Star Times Stadium Lugogo to battle with KCCA FC on Thursday 15th, February.
And Onduparaka is 4th on the table with 26 points, a point a head of Police FC who lost 2-0 to Kirinya at the Bugembe Stadium.
The woes of Onduparaka at St. Mary’s Stadium and to Vipers
Onduparaka’s form in this season’s edition of the Azam Uganda Premier League has improved in terms of goals conceded in away games but the Arua side has struggled to registered wins at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
The two teams have faced each other five times in history, in their first meeting at Uganda Cup finals at Nakivubo in 2016, Onduparaka lost by 3-1.
They met again in the domestic league on November 15th, 2016, Onduparaka won 1-0 at the Green Light Stadium.
During the return leg of 2016/17 season, Vipers won 4-1 at the St. Mary’s Stadium. In 2017/18 season, on 28th October Onduparaka played a goalless draw at the Paruku Stadium and the return leg on February 13th, 2018 Vipers beat Onduparaka 2-0 at the Entebbe Road Stadium.