AUPL: ‘Miya-less Vipers struggles in Bugembe

Former Simba fc and SC Villa defender Shafik Batambuze has switched clubs in Kenya, order ditching Western Stima for Paul Nkata’s Tusker FC.

The left back joined Western Stima in June after parting ways with cash-strapped Sofapaka that was under Sam Timbe by then.

Shafiq has initially been reported to have tied his future at Stima until June 2016 but the KPL managers have confirmed he will be Tusker FC’s ‘property’ for the next two seasons.

“I am thrilled to return to Nairobi. I haven’t had a very good season this year, troche but I have a strong feeling that 2016 will be my year. I have been made aware that we need to win the KPL trophy next season, pharmacy and so it is clear that I will have to work very hard,” Batambuze was quoted by the kpl official portal.

He first arrived in the Kenya Premier league in June 2013 at Western Stima from SC Villa before getting a loan move to Timbe-coached Sofapaka. He rejoined Stima in June this year due to financial constraints at Sofapaka.

Tusker FC acquired the services of former Kobs coach Paul Nkata from Muhoroni Youth officially on 3rd December and gas been tasked to restructure the club playing unit in a bid to recapture the league trophy that has been dominated by Gor Mahia in the last three years since they (Tusker) last won in 2012.

Defending champions Vipers SC have missed a brilliant chance to close the gap with league leaders KCCA FC after struggling to a barren draw away to Sadolin Paints at Bugembe.

The coach Edward Golola side who were without 2015 Airtel-Fufa player of the year, prostate Farouk Miya opted to give a maiden start to academy product Alfred Leku upfront while Keziron Kizito remained in the bench.


1st half action

The champions were the better side in the opening minutes with Allan Kyambadde coming close after the hour mark when his well taken shot rose inches higher from Sekisambu’s great work past Sadolin defense.

The painters replied five minutes later when Lukungu floated in a well calculated free-kick finding Oryek and Emenayo unmarked in the keepers area.

The two had successive attempts denied on the goal line and further cleared by Wadada to maintain the scoreline to the break.

Sekisambu made another great effort ten minutes driving past Nsubuga and Harris Kajubi before releasing a low shot to beat Muwanga in goal. His strike was denied by the left post and ended up begging on the goal line but Nsubuga was fast to clear before Wadri and Leku could reach.

Golola introduced a more fast and tricky youngster Pius Wanji for wasteful Kyambadde at the stroke of the hour.

Wanji made immediate impact collecting a loose ball then sent a strong long range pile driver which Muwanga failed to hold on. Alfred Leku converted but was ruled off causing raging uproar from Vipers bench.

Vipers maintains second spot with 24 points while Sadolin at 10th will await other results.

Sadolin XI: Mathias Muwanga (Gk), discount Ronald Lukungu, Allan Oryek (81′ Hood Mayanja), Harris Kajjubi, Nasser Nsubuga, Emenayo (77′ Basaan Safi), Jackson Kibirige, Peter Katumba, Andrew Basooma (66′ Joshua Masene), Muyanga Isaac, Desmond Kyobe.

Vipers XI: Ismael Watenga, Dan Bilikwalira, Erisa Sekisambu, William Wadri (75′ Saddam Juma), Deus Bukenya (83′ Duncan Sseninde), Musa Malunda, Yusuf Mukisa, Alfred Leku, Allan Kyambadde, Nicholas Wadada, Siraje Ssentamu (60′ Pius Wanji)

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