Friday, February 21
*URA FC 3-1 Vipers SC
Vipers’ title surge was put on hold after a 3-1 away loss to hosts URA FC at the Arena of Visions in Bombo.
Coming into the game, the Venoms needed a win to stretch the lead to eight points atop but the tax collectors put up an incredible performance to stop the leaders.
Saidi Kyeyune, Daniel Isiagi and Cromwell Rwothomio were on target for Sam Ssimbwa’s charges while Fahad Bayo’s second half strike proved not enough for the side that came into the game on the back of a goalless draw with KCCA.
Rwothomio missed from the spot before scoring URA’s third while goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian pulled out many saves as URA bounced back from a Busoga defeat to return to winning ways.
This is the first defeat Vipers have suffered under Fred Kajoba since he replaced sacked Edward Golola.
Vipers are top with 50 points but their lead may be cut to two points if KCCA beat Express FC on Saturday at Lugogo.
URA FC, who have beaten Villa and KCCA in the second round in Bombo, move to 36 points.
Vipers will seek for resuscitation when they host Maroons on Wednesday while URA FC will hope for another good display against Express FC.
Action Packed – Duel Lives To The Billing
On-form Kyeyune scored in the 14th-minute when he gathered from Michael Birungi before firing from edge of the box into the left corner with power.
Isiagi slid to tap home and double the lead four minutes later after a neat low pass from Joachim Ojera to lead 2-0 at the break.
Vipers halved the deficit; Bayo scoring from the spot after Hudu Mulikyi was judged by referee Ashraf Semeere to have fouled Milton Karisa.
There was a scuffle that lasted about a minute as URA FC players, led by Benjamin Nyakoojo, protested the penalty. With the centre back booked for continued protesting.
Later on at the other end, Vipers conceded a penalty after Paul Willa had handled in the area but Rwothomio’s effort was pushed by Fabien Mutombora before Kyeyune fired the rebound way over the bar.
Alionzi pulled a reflex save to deny substitute Allan Kayiwa as Vipers looked for an equaliser when the game was 2-1.
Earlier, the shot stopper, finger-tipped Karim Watambala’s effort in the first half and also saved a good freekick from Geoffrey Wasswa while Paul Mucureezi curled his attempt just an inch wide for the Venoms die fighting.
Rwothomio’s goal, a good header from close range, caught Vipers’ defence flat footed on the day they could have done better.
URA FC – Alionzi Nafian, Mandela Ashraf, Hood Mulikyi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Brian Majwega, Ivan Sserubiri, Said Kyeyune, Shafic Kagimu, Joachim Ojera, Michael Birungi, Daniel Isiagi.
Vipers SC XI – Fabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Siraje Ssentamu, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Innocent Wafula, Paul Mucureezi, Karim Watambala, Milton Karisa, Fahad Bayo.