UPL Rap: Vipers stagnant, Express falter as URA target table summit

URA will return to the top of the table if they beat SC Villa on Wednesday at the Bombo Barracks stadium. The win, if achieved, will take them to 45 points, two above champions and current leaders Vipers.

0
Image rights/ Vipers SC.

There are just two games remaining on Match Day 19 of the 2020/2021 Uganda Premier League.

However, out of the already done and dusted fixtures, the fans that were lucky enough to watch on TV or even live from the stands,had quite a bit of nail biting moments.

To begin with, Express FC faithfuls could be the most grieving at the moment. Soltilo Bright Stars FC shocked their team with a 2-1 defeat at Kavumba Recreation Grounds. Ibrahim Kayiwa scored for the Red Eagles before Ssekamatte Samuel Kayongo Junior. and Emmauel Loki gave coach Mbowa Baker all the 3 points.

And after the game, many a fans who by the way, were not allowed into the stadium due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, have started questioning coach Wasswa Bbosa’s team selection decisions.

The loss means Express remained in third on the table with 37 points from 19 games trailing leaders and their next opponents Vipers by 6 points. The two teams will face off on Friday at Kitende.

Vipers SC themselves on the other hand, lost two points at home against the Douglas Bamweyana’s Wakiso Giants in an all Wakiso district affair. The game ended 0-0.

In the televised game, Kyetume FC hosted their maiden league match at their Nakisunga ground in Kyaggwe and indeed made the advantage count. They ended a four game winning run by Busoga United FC with a 1-0 victory, their first in 14 previous attempts.

Despite watching his 36th minute penalty going over the bar, Mujjuzi Mustafa was at the smiling end at the final whistle thanks to left back Richard Matovu’s lone low strike.

Another shocker was in Arua. Three penalties were awarded as 10-man MYDA FC beat home side Onduparaka 3-2. The Caterpillars got a penalty just 17 minutes into the game and was converted by Okot Moses.
Mutebi Eric equalised in the 29th minute with another penalty. Jamal Malish made it 2-1 for the hosts a few minutes to halftime.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, the Flying Eagles, who had Brandy Lojum sent off, leveled matters with a second Mutebi Eric penalty before a Tony Kyamera’s own goal in the 89th minute made sure the new comers celebrate their second victory of the season.

In Jinja, Bul Football Club and UPDF FC shared 7 goals between themselves – two of them penalties – at Bugembe.

Ojok Deogratius and Oketch Simon Peter each bagged a brace as the Bidco Uganda Limited side won 4-3 with a Dudu Ramathan (OG), Ezequiel Katende and Brian Kayanja scored for UPDF.

Elsewhere, Ben Ocen scored twice as Police Football Club hammered Kitara FC 4-1 at MTN Omondi Stadium.

Ben Ocen (Shirt 10) celebrate one of his two goals with teammates| Image rights- Police FC.

Frank “Zaga” Tumwesigye and Hassan Mahmood added one each for hosts while Patrick Kusemererwa pulled one back for the basement side.

The Fixtures:

URA will return to the top of the table if they beat SC Villa on Wednesday at the Bombo Barracks stadium. The win, if achieved, will take them to 45 points, two above champions and current leaders Vipers.

Coach Sam Ssimbwa’s men head into the game in top form having seenoff Bul in their previous game and will hope to beat the Jogoos for the first time in their own back yard since 2013.

The tax collectors also boast about their impressive away form this season. They have played nine games so far, won seven, drawn and lost one a piece.

Meanwhile, KCCA Coach Morley Byekwaso lead his troops to Kakyeeka Stadium with one thing in mind- revenge against Mbarara City.

In their last visit to the Ankole Lions, Kasasiro boys lost 2-1 courtesy of Ibrahim Oriti and Swaliki Ssegujja strikes.

Morley Byekwaso

Although he’s aware of the task ahead of him and the team, Byekwaso is optimistic.

“We face a very good side in Mbarara City. They have a very good home record against us. We have not beaten them at Kakyeeka in three games we have played here. 

We want to break the jinx and pick three points here. The players have to be very ready for the challenge that lies ahead and come to the party.

This game is the first of our two back to back away games and we want it to give us the rhythm ahead of our next encounter,” the coach told KCCA FC media.

KAMPALA BUSINESS RADIO