By Thomas Odongo
KAMPALA. The hooliganism among Ugandan football fans was once again manifested during the Uganda Cup semi-finals clash between SC Villa and Vipers SC at Muteesa 11 Stadium in Wankulukuku on Saturday.
With the game being on a neutral ground, one would have imagined that there would have been no violence incidents during the game.
However, Vipers coach Miguel Da Costa was stoned on the chest by a Villa fan and was rushed to hospital.
Villa fans claimed that the Portuguese coach allegedly insulted them by flushing his middle finger at them.
After stoning their coach, Vipers players who are fresh from winning the local league sat on the pitch in protest although stones were flying from the stands.
Police fired bullets and teargas in the air in order to disperse the crowd.
Vipers had threatened to boycott the game but after several phone calls, the game resumed, and ending 0-0 at full time.
After the game, Vipers fans were seen running away from the stadium with Villa fans following them ready to engage in another brawl.
The two sides will meet at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende (Vipers home ground) on June 5th for the return leg with violence another issue on the cards.
A few weeks ago, Villa had pinned Vipers with violent conduct and Vipers might now do the same with the rivalry of the two sides getting worse every day.
Vipers are Uganda Premier League champions and will seek to emphasize their dominance when they face Villa in the return leg at their own backyard.
Match day teams
Samuel Kivumbi, Nsubuga Joseph, Katongole Henry, Isah Lumu, Arthur Kigundu, Kasozi Nicholas, Muwanga Bernard, Kakooza Mahad, Kizza Martin, Senkaba George, Kyambadde Allan
Yusuf Wasswa, Abel Eturude, Ambrose Kirya, Mukasa Musa, Tabu Vitalis, Yubu Bogere, Kitata Alex
Watenga Ismail, Wadada Nicholas, Yayo Lutimba, Halid Lwaliwa, Asiku Bashir, Wasswa Geoffrey, Lwanga Tadeo, Waiswa Moses, Sseninde Dancan, Ssekisambu Erisa, Sserunkuma Dan
Alitho James, Bakaki Shafik, Wangi Pius, Mbayi Musa, Mukwala Steven
Masiko Tom, Nkubi Brian.