Wednesday, January 3
•Arua Hill 0-1 Express
•Gaddafi 2-1 BUL
•Vipers 4-1 NEC
Ghanaian forward Fumador Asiwome emerged as the unexpected hero as Livingstone Mbabazi’s reign at Vipers got off to a perfect start.
Asiwome bagged a hat-trick to lead the team to a 4-1 victory over NEC in a league match played under Kitende floodlights.
Making his first start, Asiwome repaid Mbabazi’s faith with three goals in the second half, overturning a 1-1 halftime scoreline where Cromwell Rwothomio had equalized Yunus Sentamu’s opener for the Venoms.
Sentamu capitalized on Allan Okello’s delivery to score the opener in the 23rd minute.
But Rwothomio, previously denied by the post, netted with a left-footer from Allan Mugalu’s pass, against his former team.
Fumador headed in the first goal of his hat-trick in the 54th minute from Karisa’s delivery.
He then added a second in the 66th minute, tapping in from Karim Watambala’s cross.
His hat-trick was completed in the 68th minute, heading in a free-kick from Bright Anukani.
And just like his first goal, he ran to the touchline to celebrate his third with Mbabazi, thanking him for the trust.
However, Fumador’s impressive night was dampened when he was stretchered off injured in the 78th minute, replaced by Salem Ekbad.
This win snapped Vipers’ recent poor form that had seen the side fall to BUL and Express, elevating them to second place with 27 points, five behind BUL, who lost to Gaddafi in the Jinja derby.
The defeat extends NEC’s winless streak to four games, revealing more work for coach Hussein Mbalangu.
Looking ahead, Vipers will host Busoga United at Kitende on January 7, while NEC will face Arua Hill at Lugogo on January 6.
Vipers – Denis Kiggundu, Rogers Torach, Paul Mbowa, Enock Luyima, Ashraf Mandela, Siraje Sentamu, Bright Anukani, Milton Karisa, Allan Okello, Yunus Sentamu, Fumador Asiwome
NEC – Michael Okiria, Tah Barni Kelvin, Ibrahim Thembo, Sulaiman Ssesazi, Cromwell Rwothomio, Allan Mugalu, Shamir Kimwero, Joseph Dhata, John Paul Acire, Rashid Okocha, Enock Ssebagala