Uganda Premier League
Vipers SC 1-0 UPDF FC
St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
Yunus Ssentamu continued his fine start to life at Vipers SC as he scored the winning goal in their victory over UPDF FC on Saturday.
Ssentamu who scored a brace on his debut last week, netted with just seven minutes on the clock to hand his side three vital points.
With the game looking likely to end in a draw, the pacey forward rose highest and nodded into the far bottom corner off a Joseph Dhata long throw-in into the area.
One may argue that Vipers may have been lucky to win the contest as the goal came after the visitors had gone-a-man down.
Left-back Isa Mubiru had earlier been shown red after receiving a second yellow card of the day.
The former Tooro United FC player was first book in the 61st minute for a foul on Ssentamu.
Unlike in the game against MYDA where Vipers scored seven, they had to do it the hard way against the Army sides.
Until when they struck, the Venoms never really looked like a side that would find a way past UPDF.
In the opening period, Ssentamu sent a weak free kick into the hands of Yusuf Wasswa in the UPDF goal before Allan Kayiwa failed to capitalize on a defensive error by Ibrahim Wamannah, enabling Denis Ssekitoleko to clear his lines.
Ceaser Manzoki also had a chance to open the scoring but volleyed weakly-into the ground for Wasswa to collect.
When Ssentamu blazed over with just Wasswa to beat, after he was played through on goal by Dan Sserunkuma, it felt as though the Venoms would not score but they would get inspiration from the unlikeliest of sources as it was Dhata, who had come on as a first half substitute, for the ineffective Denis Mwemezi, that sent a long throw into the area from Ssentamu to feed on.
Ssentamu could have scored a second, moments after his goal, but his header off Ibrahim Orit’s cross sailed over.
For UPDF, it is a disappointing defeat as they looked to have held on for at least a point before the seven minutes that saw them get a player sent off and concede off a throw-in.
Kefa Kisala’s side who came into match-day six, top of the pile, also had a few chances to score but could not capitalise.
Jese Kajuba shot over from just outside the area, Bright Koseph saw a left-footed low effort creep wide of the post and Zzinda Hassan sent a free kick straight at Denis Kiggundu in the Vipers goal.
Their best chance of the afternoon fell to substitute Davis Kasirye but he connected poorly with Kabuye Roben’s pin-point-accurate cross and the ball went out of touch for just a goal kick.
The results means Vipers are now top with 14 points while UPDF drops to third with 12 points from six games.
In their next fixtures, Vipers are away to Kyetume FC on Tuesday while UPDF hosts Onduparaka FC on the same day.
How both teams started
Denis Kiggundu (GK), Paul Willa, Disan Galiwango, Rashid Toha, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraj Ssentamu, Karim Watambala, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Denis Mwemezi, Ceaser Manzoki, Yunus Ssentamu.
Yusuf Wasswa (GK), Bright Koseph, Isa Mubiru, Denis Ssekitoleko, Simon Mbazira, Sam Kintu, Ibrahim Wamannah, Hussein Zzinda, Jesse Kajuba, Robert Esseru, Saif Bate.
The other games played on Saturday
-SC Villa 1-0 MYDA FC
-Bright Stars FC 5-0 Kitara FC
Upcoming UPL fixtures
-URA FC vs Express FC (Sunday, 14-02-2021)