Erisa Ssekisambu scores from the spot to help Vipers to a crucial maximum points against URA at Namboole.
PIC: Erisa Ssekisambu celebrates his goal with teammates against URA before half time at Namboole Stadium on Wednesday. (Credit: Mpalanyi Ssentongo)
AZAM UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
URA 0 Vipers 1
Villa 1 Masavu 0
UPDF 0 Onduparaka 0
Maroons 1 Kirinya 2
Vipers SC picked up three vital points on the road as they beat URA FC 1-0 at Namboole Stadium in round 21 of top-flight football on Wednesday.
Forward Erisa Ssekisambu slotted home from the spot in the 40th minute after Milton Karisa was brought down in the area.
Meanwhile, table leaders SC Villa tightened the grip at the helm with a narrow win over Masavu FC at Masaka Recreational Grounds.
Martin Kizza converted a penalty five minutes before half-time after George Ssenkaaba was bundled in the box.
James Kasibante came close to restoring parity at the dead of the opening half, but failed to beat home goalkeeper Samson Kirya.
Villa showed just how galvanised and determined they are this season to clinch the top-flight title when they ended Onduparaka FC's unbeaten home run last Saturday.
The Jogoos, as they are fondly called, have won the league a record 16 times, but it has been a while since their last triumph. Last weekend, Godfrey Lwesibawa's early strike was enough to bring an end to Arua-based Onduparaka's two-year unbeaten home streak.
Meanwhile, Onduparaka, who parted ways with head coach Livingstone Mbabazi, returned to action on Wednesday in the hope of putting that statter behind them.
But their away trip to UPDF FC at Bombo ended goalless, with both sides sharing the spoils.
Vianney Sekajugo had had the ball in the back of the net, but it was disallowed for offside.
In yet another piece of action of the day, Kirinya-Jinja SS came from behind to beat Maroons FC at Luzira.
In that game, Anthony Mayanja wasted a good opportunity to put Kirinya in front before half-time. Five minutes after restart, Allan Anguyo nodded the hosts ahead, before Musa Esenu slotted home to level matters in the 55th minute.
Esemu completed his brace in a space of just six minutes with Kirinya's second and eventual winning goal to wrap up a successful trip.