STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
Vipers SC 1-0 UPDF FC
NEXT FIXTURE (February 16)
Kyetume FC v Vipers SC
Fufa Technical Center – Njeru
A superbly-executed header from Yunus Sentamu gave us all three points in a nervy encounter at St Mary’s Stadium.
The new signing demonstrated typical poise and technique, latching onto long thrown in just inside the area to score the only goal of the game.
We had chances to kill the game off as we enjoyed more than 70 percent possession in the second half, but we almost paid for our wastefulness in front of goal late on.
The visitors rallied in the final 5 minutes, but we stood firm to record our fourth win in six Uganda Premier League games.
The team showed just one change from the frustrating 1-1 draw at Express FC on Tuesday, and we continued where we left off against the Eagles – dominating possession and probing for openings.
UPDF showed the early intent when left footed attacker Jesse Kajuba shot over the bar inside the goal area following a poor headed clearance by the Vipers’ defence by the 7th minute.
Our first chance fell to Karim Watambala. A wonderful left-footed effort was well collected by UPDF FC’ goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa before he got in the way to deny Yunus Sentamu at close range.
We again got closest as the game was being played at a fairly sedate pace when Allan Kayiwa’s free-kick looked set for the top right corner but only to be collected by Wasswa.
We got close again to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute when Kayiwa’s goal bound effort was cleared away by Simon Mbaziira.
With 10 minutes to halftime, our technical bench called for the first change of the game. Right back Joseph Dhata replaced winger Denis Mwemezi who had struggled to find his footing.
In the 85th minute, a man much more used to providing the spectacular since coming back, did break the deadlock. A long throw in ball from Joseph Dhata fell as far as Sentamu just inside the area. He steadied himself, adjusted his body, and headed a first-time header, guided beyond the despairing Wasswa.
UPDF had the chance to level the game but Davis Kasirye’s back heel missed the target by inches off Ruben Kabuye’s cut back on the right.
The win lifted us into first-place, at least temporarily; as we made it three wins at home in the league this season so far. Youngster Denis Kiggundu also kept his second League clean sheet in the process.
Next up its Kyetume FC on Tuesday at the Fufa Technical Center, before we host Police FC at St Mary’s Stadium on Friday, February 19.
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