By: David Gombe
Vipers Sc was held 1-1 by relegation threatened UPDF at Bombo barracks grounds after creating many chances but all in vein.
The army side hit the front in the 4th minute through Ezekiel Katende from a well laid cross from Odong Mustafa which was their only attempt on target for the entire game.
Vipers SC who were the dominant side created several chances with Milton Karisa, Erisa Ssekisambu and Tony Odur all guilty of missing goal scoring opportunities thus ending the first stanza a goal down.
In the second period, the Portuguese tactician Manuel Da Costa made some changes introducing on Tom Masiko, Moussa Clovis Mbayi and Duncan Sseninde for Ashraf Mandela, Dan Bilikwalira and Erisa Ssekisambu respectively.
Having dominated the game for a long period of time and missing clear chances, defender Geoffrey Wasswa found the leveller in the 64th minute heading in a Moses Waiswa ball quality cross.
The visitors gained more momentum and nearly found the second when Duncan Sseninde’s powerful shot kissed the cross bar, by the ending of proceedings the venoms moved home with a point.
Steven Bogere got his first point while in the UPDF dugout having lost at both Soana and Bright Stars in the previous games since taking over from Moses Basena.
The result today moves the Kitende based side to 16 points though dropping from third to fourth place on the table whereas UPDF are now bottom on the log with 6 points.
Vipers Sc will welcome Maroons at St.Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Saturday 18th November while UPDF visit the Ankole lions on the same day in Mbarara.
UPDF FC XI
Harrison Sempagi (GK), Yasin Mubiru, Derrick Walulya, Denis Sekitoleko, Joseph Othieno, Julius Kisambira, Sulaiman Majanjalo, Ezekiel Katende, Fahad Bandiro, Mustafa Odong, Moses Mulambula
Godfrey Saul Wakaza, Kizza, Julius Malingumu
Ismail Watenga (GK), Ashiraf Mandela, Dan Birikwalira, Shafik Bakaki, Deus Bukenya, Brian Nkuubi, Milton Karisa, Erisa Sekisambu, Tony Odur, Moses Waiswa
Mbayi Clovis Musa, Tom Masiko, Duncan Seninde.