Five of the leading six clubs were in action yesterday and all took home three points on a day devoid of any upset, write Elly Kyeyune and Charles Sebugwawo.
Uganda Premier League leaders Vipers FC held on to defeat Police 2-1 while nearest rivals SC Villa easily swept aside Entebbe FC to stay in touch. Defending champions KCC overcame Kiya Young 2-1 while highflying Bidco FC continued their fairytale run with a hard-fought 1-0 win over bottom-placed Rwenshama.
Lweza United and Bright Stars played out a 1-1 draw. The results maintain the status quo at the top but it is Villa that felt a huge sigh of relief in a difficult build-up to the game.
Some Villa players had threatened to boycott the game over the delayed payment of their arrears and there were fears of low morale on the pitch. Matters were not helped when angry fans contested the Shs 5,000 entry fee to Nakivubo stadium. But when order was restored, there was never a doubt about the result of the game.
Striker Karim Ndugwa stepped up to net a hat-trick and help the Jogoos to their biggest win of the season. Ndugwa takes his tally to seven and is emerging as one of the most deadly forwards in the league. Meanwhile, George Nsimbe ended his tenure as KCC FC coach in style but it was Brian Umony who stole the show at Lugogo with a brace. Brian Nkuubi scored Kira’s consolation late in the game.
Nsimbe is due to join Tanzania’s Azam FC next week and couldn’t have wished for a better ending after helping the champions into third position, just three points behind Vipers.
Interestingly, Express FC was the day’s biggest loser although there weren’t even in action. The Red Eagles started the day just a point off the lead in third position but now find themselves in fifth position.
That is partly due to Joshua Masene’s first half strike that guaranteed Bidco’s win over Rwenshama, their fifth in ten games.
Source : The Observer