Uganda Premier League
Vipers SC 1-0 Kyetume FC
St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
KITENDE – Paul Mucureezi scored on his Vipers SC debut as they defeated Kyetume FC 1-0 in the Uganda Premier League game played at St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Friday.
The marquee signing dinked the ball over Kyetume custodian Martin Othieno inside 9 minutes to hand Vipers the lead, one they would eventually hold onto until the end.
He had a chance to double his and Vipers’ tally but a heavy touch let him down to allow the visitors to recover on 28 minutes.
As the Venoms pressed for a second, Paul Willa nearly played in Bayo but his low cross was intercepted by Jonathan Mugabi.
With 18 minutes to play Fahad Bayo headed a Brian Nkuubi header onto the cross bar in what Vipers’ best chance of the second half.
Mucureezi then directed a Frank Tumwesigye cross over as the second goal failed to arrive.
Despite the introductions of Nkuubi, Rahmat Ssenfuka and Umar Kyebatala, Vipers would have to settle for just the one goal in the end.
Kyetume too had chances of their own although they could not capitalize.
After failing to create anything worthy in the opening half, Ibrahim Kazindula saw an effort cleared off the line by Nkuubi in what was the visitors’ most notable opening.
Despite changes that saw Noel Nasasira, Mikel Angel and Ibrahim Kazindua replace Robert Ssentongo, Denis Lubowa and Bashir Wandawa, the visitors just couldn’t recover from the Mucureezi early strike.
To cap a memorable debut, Mucureezi was named man of the match at the end of the game.
The victory sees Vipers SC remain top of the log with 39 points from 16 games. They next travel away to Proline next Tuesday.
For Kyetume, they are now 12th with 16 points and host Tooro United FC on Wednesday in their next outing.
How both teams started
Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Paul Willa, Aziz Kayondo, Geofrey Wasswa (Captain), Jacob Okoa, Siraje Ssentamu, Paul Mucureezi, Frank Tumwesigye, Fahad Bayo, Tito Okello, Abdul Karim Watambala
Martin Othieno GK, Samson Mutyaba, Benon Tahomera, Jonathan Mugabi, Ibrahim Kazindula, Isejja Deo, Lule Julius, Sande Steven, Cephas Kambugu, Robert Ssentongo, Denis Lubowa
The other games played on Friday
-Busoga United FC 2-0 Express FC
-Maroons FC 1-2 Proline FC
-Bright Stars FC 1-0 BUL FC