Bonyo extra-time goal dumps Vipers out of Uganda Cup

first_img Tags: Noordin Bunjoproline fctadeo lwangatopUganda Cupvipers sc Bonyo (left) celebrates scoring the winner on Tuesday (Photo by Proline Media)Stanbic Uganda Cup-Quarter finals Proline FC 2-1(aet) Vipers SCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 12-03-2019LUGOGO – Vipers SC continued their miserable 2018/19 season as they were dumped out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup on Tuesday.The Kitende based side who were eliminated from the Caf competitions in the early stages and are currently second in the league, four points behind leaders KCCA FC, lost 2-1 to Proline at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Proline who are currently featuring in the Big League scored through Noordin Bunjo and substitute Ibrahim Bonyo while Vipers’ goal came off Tadeo Lwanga’s head.After a cautious start to the game, Bunjo struck on 24 minutes, justifying Proline’s show of courage in the early exchanges.With things not going according to plan, Vipers made a first half substitution as Moses Waiswa replaced Steven Mukwala.Proline went into the break leading 1-0.Six minutes into the second half, Vipers made their second change as Abraham Ndugwa paved way for veteran striker Hamis Diego Kiiza.In an attempt to add more fresh legs into the game and also try to see out the 1-0 lead, Proline made their first change with Bunjo coming off and replaced by Hakim Kiwanuka on 56 minutes.However, that did not work as Vipers upped the tempo with Dan Sserunkuma rattling the cross bar on 63 minutes.Proline’s best chance to double their lead came 11 minutes later but Bright Anukani missed a free header while an marked in the Vipers area.As fate would have it, the home side were made to pay dearly as Tadeo Lwanga equalized off a header from Ibrahim Kiyemba’s corner on 75 minutes.With the two sides locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the game headed into extra time to determine the winner.In the first 15 minutes of the post regulation time, Vipers were dealt a huge blow as Lwanga was forced off with injury and replaced with Rahmat Ssenfuka.Vipers hit the cross bar for the second time in the game when defender Halid Lwaliwa headed Moses Waiswa’s corner kick from the right.Skx minutes to the end of extra time, Bonyo won it for Proline, combining swiftly with fellow substitute Kiwanuka before the former headed in to the net.Vipers could not mount a serious challenge to find the equalizer as Proline ran out 2-1 winners to storm the Cup semi finals.The Big League side now join Express FC, Bright Stars and Kyetume in the last four of the competition.The draws for the semifinal will be held next week.All the Uganda Cup 2018/19 Quarter final results:-Nebbi Central FC 0-1 Bright Stars FC-Kyetume FC 0(4)-0(1) Wakiso Giants FC-Express FC 1-0 Bul FC-Proline FC 2-1 Vipers SCComments last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: India wait for miracle turnaround

first_imgAn injury-ravaged Team India is gearing up for the third ODI against England at The Oval on Friday, still looking for that elusive win which would lift the sagging morale of the battle-weary side.Trailing 0-1 in the five-match series after being whitewashed 0-4 in the Tests, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men have reasons to feel fatalistic ahead of the day-night encounter.The visitors are worried on the count of lack of bowling firepower in their ranks and are resigned to the fact England would chase down any total they can rustle up in remaining one-dayers.Dhoni laid himself bare to media after losing the second one-dayer at Rose Bowl on Tuesday, fretting about the sameness of his fast bowlers and their general lack of pace.”If it doesn’t swing, we struggle. Most of our bowlers are in the 120-130 kmph range and it becomes very difficult,” or words to similar effect was Dhoni’s lament and Friday could just make his worst fears come true.The pitch at The Oval offers bounce but no sideways movement and the gentle pace of Indian seamers could turn out to be fodder for England batsmen.Dhoni concedes Praveen Kumar is not his best option in death overs and he is forced to keep Munaf Patel a lot towards the end than in the initial overs.If India can’t strike early, it is a given that the rest of the overs would be savaged by the in-form England batsmen.A similar thing occurred in the second one-dayer where India ran up a decent total but were powerless to stop England from romping home with seven wickets to spare.advertisementThe crushing dominance was evident when England were 100 up on the board with 10 full overs yet to be completed.As if this was not enough, India is also worried on the count of fifth bowler’s quota — a job Yuvraj Singh used to do with such aplomb in the past.In the rain-hit second match, it fell on Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina to do the job but it would be beyond them to remain useful over a stretch of 10 overs.That makes the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja a strong possibility. The Gujarat all-rounder is a useful left-arm spinner and can add up a decent package with his notable fielding and batting.His inclusion would almost surely bring the aspirations of Manoj Tiwary for the rest of the series to a premature end.Ironically, India’s batting showed little effect of downturn despite losing so many stalwarts up the order.Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane have been startlingly good up the order. Virat Kohli has shown good intent and Suresh Raina is laying about the bowling with a streak of vengeance.Thus England could sense a killing in the rest of the matches. The pitches at the remaining three venues are unlikely to help seam and swing.Indians might be a depleted lot but England would take immense delight in prevailing over the visitors and ending the summer in style.England wouldn’t take their foot off the pedal for it’s a good practice opportunity for them to iron out their one-day follies. For one, they are not seen as particularly adventurous in initial overs. The issue was met squarely by England openers in the second one-dayer.Another issue is their rather timid approach in death overs. The hosts would be keen to sort this out too.England have largely been an orthodox unit in one-day cricket. They are now bringing in a new set of players who can resort to unorthodox tactics.Men like Craig Kieswetter and Ben Stokes are being primed for such roles. Their bowling in death overs has received a boost with the arrival of Jade Dernbach.It being a day-night fixture, both sides would be keen to win the toss and bat first. Luck has been seen as an important ingredient in Dhoni’s extraordinary record as a Test captain.It hasn’t shown up by his side on this tour so far. For a starter, it could help him by flipping the coin in his favour on Friday.Squads:England: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Varun Aaron.The match will start at 5.30 p.m (IST)advertisementlast_img read more