By: Danito Nsubuga
Vipers earned a rare victory over URA FC courtesy of a penalty converted by Erisa Sekisambu in the 39th minute of the first period.
This is only their 2nd win in 11 meetings but most important it has kept them on tabs within touching distance to leaders SC Villa.
The game surprisingly was started 30 minutes earlier than the programmed time and Swift sports’ attempts to find out why were fruitless.
Tom Masiko was handed a rare start in midfield alongside the returning Moses Waiswa and Tadeo Lwanga who had missed the 1-1 draw in Luzira against Maroons, a move that was intended to frustrate the passing game employed by Paul Nkata.
The tax collectors moved the ball with ease, making Asiku Bashir, Geoffrey Wasswa and the young Duncan Seninde all sorts of problems in defence However, their efforts yielded no fruits as penetration was limited.
Towards the close of the first 45 minutes, Vipers were awarded a penalty kick that appeared to be controversial when a seemingly light challenge for the ball on Milton Karisa by Patrick Mboowa was adjudged as a foul by the referee who pointed on the spot.
Erisa Sekisambu made no mistake sending Nafian Alionzi the wrong way giving Vipers a lead and the goal that proved decisive.
The second half was a one sided affair as URA tried to press harder for the equaliser which forced Miguel Da Costa to make wholesale changes in his set up.
He introduced Halid Lwaliwa for Daniel Mzee Serunkuuma, Mbayi Clovis for Moses Waiswa and Baden Ogama Mujahid for Tom Masiko.
URA’s best chance for redemption fell to Kigongo who failed to get into proper contact with a superb ball from Nicholas Kagaba in added time.
The final whistle went and it meant that URA had succumbed to their 2nd loss at home remaining in 8th, they will travel to Mbarara town 30th, whereas Vipers will host relegation fighting Express FC on the same date.
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