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UPL: Vipers open up five-point lead at the top

By Shafik Ssenoga

Added 2nd February 2020 07:20 PM

The 2018 champions were not at their creative best, but they did just enough to grind out a victory that will buoy their quest for a fourth league title.

UPL: Vipers open up five-point lead at the top

Vipers are chasing the league title.

The 2018 champions were not at their creative best, but they did just enough to grind out a victory that will buoy their quest for a fourth league title.

STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE


Results

URA 2-1 KCCA
Busoga UTD 2-1 BUL
Vipers 1-0 Onduparaka
Express 0-1 Mbarara City
Proline 0-1 Kyetume
Wakiso 1-1 Bright Stars

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Skipper Geoffrey Wasswa was on target as Vipers defeated Onduparaka 1-0 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league at St Mary's Stadium in Kitende.

Wasswa's goal from a direct freekick in the 57th minute after Paul Mucureezi was brought down saw the Venoms open up a five-point lead at the top of the table.
    
The victory also brought relief for coach Fred Kajoba, who picked up his first win in the two games he has been in charge of the St. Mary's Kitende side.

Kajoba replaced Edward Golola, who was sacked by the club following their exit from the Uganda Cup against minnows Kajjansi United.

The 2018 champions were not at their creative best, but they did just enough to grind out a victory that will buoy their quest for a fourth league title.

Venoms have moved up to 46 points, five clear of second-placed KCCA, who lost 2-1 to URA on Friday at Ndejje University. Onduparaka remained fifth on 30 points.


Vipers' leading scorer Fahad Bayo (12 goals), who had a poor game, was lucky not to receive marching orders from centre referee Mashood Ssali after tackling Onduparaka skipper Rashid Muhammad.

At that point in the game, Bayo had been booked already.

Onduparaka came close to leveling matter nine minutes before time when Jamal Malish left Vipers defender Jacob Okao in his wake, before feeding in Bashir Bhetto, whose shot was saved by goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora.

Elsewhere, Makweth Wol scored the only goal as Mbarara City defeated Express 1-0 at Kavumba to pile more pressure on Red Eagles coach George Ssimwogerere.

At Lugogo, bottom side Proline's woes continue with a defeat to Kyetume (1-0), while Bright Stars settled for 1-1 draw with Wakiso Giants. 

Meanwhile, Busoga United beat BUL 2-1 in the Jinja derby.


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