Vipers’ returnees have repaid the faith coach Edward Golola has put in them by raking points for the Buikwe-based club.
They now sit three points clear of second and third-paced SC Villa and Express, who are separated by goal difference.
Goals from either Saddam Juma or Mike Mutyaba, or both as was the case against Kira Young on October 24, have earned Vipers 10 points in the last four games.
The two midfielders had in the recent past taken a sabbatical from the beautiful game but have now joined a long list of players that include Patrick Ochan, Hassan Wasswa, Steven Bengo and Brian Umony among others, who are ‘learning how to walk again.’
The renamed Uganda Premier League (UPL) has not disappointed them after eight games, offering them the platform to make their noise heard by Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic.
Some like Lweza’s Mike Sserumaga have ended up earning a recall to the Cranes set-up after rediscovering their form.
Umony, however, traveled to Thailand for trials, consequently missing his team’s 3-0 win over Victoria University on Tuesday as the Lugogo-based side moved from eighth to fourth with 14 points in the 16-team log.
Two headers from striker Derrick Nsibambi put the game beyond SCVU after playmaker Tom Matsiko had opened the scoring from the spot.
But it is new recruit from Mutundwe Lions, Paul Mucureezi, that basked in glory as he slalomed past the Villa defence to net his first top flight goal and KCC’s winner in Mityana.
Mucureezi, fast becoming a fans’ favourite, was again impressive as KCC thrashed an injury-plagued SCVU this week.
SCVU, Lweza and Kira Young lead the strugglers with nine points from eight games.
But it is SCVU, who make the news after scoring only two goals in a league that has seen 112 thus far, which is an average of 1.75 goals per game.
Only 14th placed Entebbe have scored less while strugglers Soana and Rwenshama have netted one and two more respectively.
This disappointing start to the season is not lost to SCVU coach Morley Byekwaso, who went on, in the post match interview, to deny claims that most of his players had been suspended by the club.
The soft-spoken coach is keen on making his injury-stricken attack as sound as his defence that had kept four clean sheets before losing 3-0 against KCC.
Currently, sixth-placed Bul’s defence is the league’s meanest having conceded only two.
Both goals were scored by the only available striker Mathew Odong, who is five off pace-setter Robert Ssentongo.
Player of the week – Paul Mucureezi
The versatile KCC forward announced his arrival to the big stage, in just a cameo appearance, by scoring his first and his club’s vital goal in the 1-0 victory over Villa.
Coach of the week – George ‘Best’ Nsimbe His rotational policy at KCC could pass as tinkering but the players are happy, motivated and the results are trickling in.
Team of the week – 3-5-2
Goalkeeper: Emmanuel Opio (KCC)
Defenders: Richard Kasagga (KCC), Yusuf Mukisa (Vipers), Bob Kasozi (Express)
Midfielders: Saddam Juma (Vipers), Kezironi Kizito (Vipers), William Kavuma (Express), Hakim Ssenkumba (KCC), Paul Mucureezi (KCC)
Forwards: Derrick Nsibambi (KCC), Robert Ssentongo (URA)
SOURCE: Daily Monitor