Thursday, September 21
•Vipers 2-0 Arua Hill
Friday, September 22
•Kitara Vs UPDF – Masindi
•NEC Vs Busoga United – Lugogo
•URA vs Gaddafi – Lugazi
Vipers claimed a deserved 2-0 win over Arua Hill as Match-day two of the new season of the Uganda Premier League got underway at Kitende.
Livingston Mulondo and Abubakar Lawal scored in the first half for the Venoms who unveiled new signing Allan Okello in front of a sizeable crowd before kickoff.
Its another defeat for Arua Hill, having lost their opener to Busoga United, and the side were without head coach Livingston Mbabazi.
Mulondo headed in the opener when he ran into the area to meet Ashraf Mandela’s well weighed cross.
Lawal then doubled the advantage with a well worked goal after exchange of passes with Yunus Sentamu in a move that also involved Bright Anukani.
It’s two wins from as many games for the defending champions Vipers who best Gaddafi in Jinja in their opener.
Arua Hill had a penalty wrongly denied in the 15th minute when John Rogers was pushed down in the box by Mandela, but Referee Rajab Bakasambe waved play on.
Bakasambe was also at fault late in the second half for not sending off Arua Hill substitute Rashid Kawawa who headbutted Isa Mubiru in an off-the-ball incident.
Arua Hill were the second best but had a golden opportunity to get a goal back when Vipers goalkeeper Jack Komakech spilled Gaddafi Wahab’s freekick but Kawawa failed to pounce in a rebound.
Earlier in the first half, Salem Ekbad headed wide from Bright Anukani’s corner while Yunus Sentamu was denied by the keeper after Milton Karisa cutback.
What Next – Vipers visit Mbarara City at Kakyeka on October 3 while Arua Hill face BUL on October 1 in Masindi
Vipers – Jack Komakech, Ashraf Mandela, Isa Mubiru, Livingston Mulondo, Murushid Juuko, Patrick Mbowa, Bright Anukani, Mohamed Salem, Yunus Sentamu, Abubakar Lawal, Milton Karia
Arua Hill – Richard Anyama, Nelson Mandela, Jafar Kerepi, Ibrahim Musa, Reagan Mpande, Geriga Antendele, Wahab Gaddafi, Musa Ssali, Denis Andama, Frank Kalanda, John Rogers