For the first time this season, the Uganda Premier League (UPL) got underway with all the 16 teams in action. Ugandan football’s traditional Big 3 continue to fly high but they still remain in the shadow of early pace-setters Vipers FC, who are growing ger by the match, writes Elly Kyeyune and Charles Sebugwawo.
It is the only team yet to sign the league sponsors’ deed of adherence but that is the last of Vipers FC’s worries because they remain the only team that has not tasted defeat in the league. Yesterday’s 1-0 win over Sadolin FC was their fourth in a row in a run that has seen them drop just points in seven outings.
It is not that Vipers are playing much better football than anyone else, but Edward Golola’s charges are technically superior and know how to shut out games. It was not difference against Sadolin and while their home fans at Bukiwe expected a flood of goals, Saddam Juma’s strike proved decisive.
Defence is their biggest weapon and they have conceded just three goals so far with two of them coming against KCC FC. With the win, Vipers maintained their three-point lead but, more importantly, they also have a game in hand on second-placed SC Villa.
Villa, Express keep up the chase:
It goes without saying that Vipers is some sort of an outsider as far as Ugandan football rivalry is concerned. In that respect, the biggest attention remains on SC Villa and Express FC, both of which are undergoing some sort of renaissance after recent years of underachievement.
Villa continued their fine run with a 2-0 win over newcomers Rwenshama in Mityana. Villa was technically the away side but there was never a doubt about the team that enjoyed home support and the victory comes days after their 0-1 loss to KCC at the same venue.
Express, meanwhile, is hot on the heels after a 1-0 win over Entebbe at Wankulukuku. The Red Eagles have now won their last four matches since the aborted match against SC Villa saw them lose three valuable points.
SCVU free-fall worrying:
For a club that narrowly missed out on last season’s league title on the final day, it is ironic SC Victoria University (SCVU) find themselves in the bottom half of the table. Yesterday was the perfect opportunity to inflict some revenge on KCC FC, the team that ran away with the crown, but the game was over after just half an hour.
A Tom Masiko penalty opened the scores before youngster Derrick Nsibambi grabbed a double to pile more misery on SCVU coach Morley Byekwaso.
False start for Kajoba:
New Bright Stars coach Fred Kajoba was given a baptism of fire when his side lost 0-1 to Kira Young on a day his former employers Simba saw off Police FC. In the other results, Bidco FC defeated Lweza 1-0 while Soana FC fought back to force a 1-1 draw with URA FC.
Source : The Observer