Tuesday 5th April
UPDF 0-3 KCCA FC
Vipers 2-0 Mbarara City
Vipers SC strengthened their grip at the top of the Uganda Premier League log following their 2-0 victory over Mbarara City in a league game held at Kitende on Tuesday.
A goal from each half from youngster Najib Yiga and another from Milton Karisa ensured that the Venoms bagged all the three important points on the day.
The win ensured that Vipers moved to 52 points, seven above second placed KCCA FC who beat UPDF on the same day.
For Mbarara City, it is a big blow in their quest to beat up relegation scares this season as they remain second from the bottom.
The opening exchanges saw a closely contested affair between the two sides as they both settled for long balls.
Earlier, It was the Visitors who threatened first on goal as Gaddafi Kacancu and Sadati Nsubuga came closer to scoring.
But later on, Vipers started settling in the game and they kept on creating more chances in the final third, against a Mbarara City side that looked more composed at the back.
Despite their dorminance, Vipers had to wait until the stroke of half time to break the deadlock through Yiga, who headed in at the far post off a well delivered cross from left back Disan Galiwango.
Substitute Cesar Manzoki, who came on for Bright Anukani had another chance to make it two before the break but he missed with just a keeper to beat after being set up by Yunus Sentamu.
At the restart second half, the visitors had a penalty call after Henry Kitegenyi seemed to have been brought down in the area by Livingstone Mulondo but the referee just waved for play on.
There on, Vipers kept on knocking on the door and it paid off in the 70th minute through Milton Karisa, who benefited from a poor clearance from Mbarara City defenders to send a left weak shot into the back of the net.
With two goals ahead, Vipers maintained their ball possession to pick a deserved win on the day, against a Mbarara City that barely threatened in the closing.
Victory ensured that Vipers maintained their lead at the top as they move to 52 points after 22 games.
For Mbarara City, their woes continue and they will have to be at their best in the last six league games if they are to avoid relegation this season. They remain in the 15th position with only 19 points.
What Next-Vipers will visit URA on Tuesday April 12th while Mbarara City host Police FC on the same day at Kakyeka Stadium.
Vipers SC- Fabian Mutombora GK, Halid Lwaliwa, Disan Galiwango, Livingstone Mulondo, Allan Kayiwa, Bright Anukani, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Siraje Sentamu, Yunus Sentamu, Milton Karisa, Najib Yiga
Kiggundu Denis GK, Cesar Manzoki, Karim Watambala, Dan Sserunkuma, Paul Mucureezi, Musa Sali, Hilary Mukundane
Ssekeba Muhammad GK, Stephen Othieno, Aheebwa Jasper, Dudu Ramadhan, Ronald Otti, Pistis Barenge, Gadafi Kacancu, Charles Sempa, Nsubuga Sadati, Henry Kitegenyi, Ojok David
Tusaba Najib, Muyomba, Ivan Donald, Kalule, Kakaire, Tom, Swalik Ssegujja, Seiri Arigumaho