A Fahad Bayo 53rd minute header was enough to lift the 2017 StarTimes Uganda Premier League champions as they edged Proline Football Club at the St.Mary’s stadium on Saturday.
Having dominated the game at Kitende, the much-awaited moment came eight minutes after recess when Bayo converted a Paul Willa delivery to torment his former paymasters and send the Vipers’ fans into frenzy.
However, the goal scorer never celebrated the goal but rather put his hands in the air as if apologizing for scoring against his former teammates.
Earlier, the game was delayed for over 30 minutes after a mishap that saw some Proline players stopped from playing for having no licences.
Despite officials from both teams agreeing that the affected players be allowed to play because they had played earlier games, the match assessor stood his ground and insisted he could only allow the game ot go on after seeing the licences.
Later, after the insistence of the match assessor, Proline accepted to let Mahad Kakooza and Edirisa Lubega sit out the game for not moving with their licences despite having played others games prior to the one at Kitende.
Speaking about the game, Proline assistant coach, Baker Mboowa admitted that his players were disorganized by the delay.
“We were disorganized by the delay but the boys showed character and determination on the pitch. We lost to a better and prepared team,”Mboowa said.
For Vipers coach, Edward Golola, his boys managed to contain the Proline team that threatened to cause havoc.
“My boys approached the game with a positive mind,”Golola said.
KCCA FC drop more points
Defending champions, KCCA FC continued to show that they have not yet recovered from the shocking Caf Champions League exit when they were held to a one all draw by Bright Stars at home in Lugogo.
On the backdrop of a one-nil loss to Tooro United in the middle of the week, KCCA FC hoped to recover from the shock defeat but things turned the other way round when their visitors almost walked away with the maximum points.
Bright Stars were however left cursing the referee for their disallowed goal in the first half that had seen the ball enter the net but the whistle was blown to show a goal kick.
It was Ronald Ssempala with his header to enter the goal but passed through the torn net to get out of the goal, prompting the linesman to point to a goal kick and this ensured Bright Stars had been denied a legitimate goal at Lugogo.
The visitors later took the lead through a Joseph Janjali header but Steven Sserwadda levelled matters at Lugogo to ensure the game ended in a one all stalemate.
The result ensured the Kasasiro boys have lost four points in two consecutive games in their bid to retain the StarTimes Uganda Premier League title they won last season.
Speaking after the game, KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi blamed the players for the poor performance.
“We can’t take away the organization Bright Stars had but it has been a disappointing result for us. The league is still a marathon but we expect a lot from the players,”Mutebi said.
UPL Saturday results
Vipers SC 1-0 Proline FC
KCCA FC 1-1 Bright Stars
URA 1-1 BUL FC
Wakiso Giants 2-1 Mbarara City
Maroons FC 0-1 Onduparaka
Tooro United 0-2 Kyetume FC
Busoga United 1-1 SC Villa