Friday, November 10
•URA 2-2 Kitara
•Bright Stars 3-2 Busoga United
•KCCA 3-1 Vipers
KCCA secured a well-deserved 3-1 triumph against arch-rivals Vipers to get their first Uganda Premier League win in style under Omondi Stadium’s floodlights in Lugogo.
Shaban Muhammad netted twice, and Usama Arafat added a goal, to underline KCCA’s first win in seven league attempts.
Facing his former team, Shaban nodded in from Haruna Lukwago’s delivery to provide the hosts with a dream start in the second minute.
Shaban doubled his tally by tapping in from Usama’s short pass, a dramatic goal confirmed by the first assistant referee Hakim Mulindwa despite initial goal-line clearance effort from Vipers goalkeeper Jack Komakech.
In added time, KCCA made it 3-0 with a brilliant run by Etienne Katenga, who set up Emmanuel Loki, leading to Usama’s third goal.
Vipers managed a late consolation through Abubakar Lawal, who slotted in after goalkeeper Anthony Emojong parried Salim Ekbad’s initial shot from a tight angle.
KCCA’s win will be loudly celebrated by their fans who have previously endured insults and banter from rival clubs.
The victory, especially against bitter foes Vipers – the same team that narrowly clinched last year’s league title on goal difference – will surely etche a memory that will linger.
The continued link between KCCA and head coach Abdallah Mubiru adds intrigue, as the team aspires to parlay this win into a foundation for a successful season.
From this win, and that hard-fought draw against Arua Hill, KCCA will now hope to set a positive trajectory for campaign where all seemed lost.
As for the defending champions Vipers, finding themselves in third place with 14 points, trailing leaders BUL by four, and still below newcomers Kitara, underscores the competitive landscape of the league this early into the season.
What Next – KCCA visit Busoga United on November 24 at Njeru while Vipers will have played URA at Kitende a day before.
KCCA – Anthony Emojong, Julius Poloto, Mustafa Mujuzi, Saidi Mayanja, Carlos Cungulo, Muhammad Shaban, Ashraf Mugume, Usama Arafat, James Mubeezi, Haruna Lukwago, Filbert Obenchan
Vipers – Jack Komakech, Milton Karisa, Richard Matovu, Livingston Mulondo, Siraje Sentamu, Yunus Sentamu, Paul Mbowa, Ashraf Mandela, Eric Kambale, Abdul Lumala, Karim Watambala