KAMPALA. Defending champions Vipers went top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) table following a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Maroons at Luzira yesterday.
But when it came, Moses Waiswa’s winner left some spectators guessing.
From the journalists angle, Waiswa’s freekick seemed to legally go in, but some inconclusive video footage from the game appears to show as if the ball went in via the side netting.
We could not independently verify this. There was, however, not a single Maroons player that protested the goal.
Vipers had to come from behind after Pius Obuya gave Maroons the lead by racing onto a through ball by Seif Batte and rounding goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora on 23 minutes.
But Vipers responded in similar style, Davis Kasirye side stepping Maroons goalkeeper Ashadu Bugembe after he was put through by Duncan Sseninde.
On the stroke of halftime Waiswa scored what turned out to be the winner curling a freekick beyond Bugembe.
As Vipers ascended to six points, KCCA laboured at Lugogo, coach Charles Ayiekoh’s Kirinya-Jinja picking a priceless point from Mike Mutebi’s men following a goalless draw.
The visitors generally matched KCCA pound for pound. But it is the hosts that came closest to scoring when Kirinya goalkeeper Didi Mohamad stopped substitute Allan Kyambadde’s ferocious drive on the hour.
Muzamir Mutyaba had earlier struck the upright for KCCA, with Kirinya’s Joel Madondo failing to make the most of the chance the other end when Timothy Awany lost a yard on him.
“Every team that comes here wants to test themselves against us,” said coach Mutebi, “Kirinya played well but we shall continue playing our way. We have to keep up the standards.”
Ayiekoh praised his boys saying “We showed character and to come here and pick a point is not easy.”
At Wankulukuku, Express’ first game of the seaaon against URA started 30 minutes late due to lack of security.
Soldiers from a military camp there looked on but there was hardly any police for the match to start on time.
But when it eventually started, new look Express showed glimpses of what they have against an ordinary looking Sam Ssimbwa URA.
Ibrahim Kayiwa was impressive in the midfield while Tony Odur, Michael Birungi and Eric Kambaale pressed URA back line and should have netted at least twice.
“Our players impressed the fans and now we know where to start from,” said Express coach Kefa Kisala.
His counterpart, Ssimbwa, blamed fatigue. “We didn’t play well because eight of my players were in Fufa Drum and Fufa refused to postpone the game.
“We didn’t deserve to win or get a point because my players didn’t want to play. Express were the better side.”