The 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League is becoming interesting every other match day. And match day five was not any different from the previous ones with thrilling action from the eight games.
Joel Muyita brings you the key highlights and talking points of match day.
1- Kirinya Pegs Vipers SC
Vipers SC 100% perfect start came to a halt on Tuesday against a resilient and composed Kirinya Jinja SS. After winning their opening four games, the Venoms were looking forward to extending their sublime start and even took an early lead through Noah Wafula but the hosts fought hard to earn a point despite finishing the game with ten players after goalkeeper Muhammad Didi was sent off.
Vipers SC have found it hard in their trips to Jinja picking just two points out of the possible nine away to Kirinya and always struggle against the other Jinja based teams.
2- Spectacular Goals
Match day five produced some good goals just like the other match days. One of those came from Kenyan import Noah Wafula for Vipers SC against Kirinya Jinja SS.
The robust winger struck home from about 35 yards from goal. He pounced onto a bouncing ball with full force and went straight into the roof of the net.
In the same game, Joel Madondo’s first goal of the day was spectacular. Teed up by David Bagoole, the budding striker fired a ferocious strike outside the area that went past goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora.
For the people that watched Nyamityobora vs Police game, one of Ben Ocen’s goal is highly rated.
3- James Alitho
For close to two seasons, James Alitho hardly got playing time and was always under the shadow of Ismail Watenga at Vipers.
However, his loan move to URA FC could help to revive his career working under goalkeeping coach Billy Stephen Kiggundu. The lanky shot stopper was it his best on Tuesday to deny SC Villa their first with this season a number of game winning saves.
4– Mucurezi Returns to Lugogo
Paul Mucurezi now at Mbarara City FC returned to StarTimes stadium to face his former team KCCA FC and was in the spot light.
This was his second return to Lugogo with the other coming in a friendly game that KCCA FC won 3-1 in September.
However, the first competitive face off, saw him work hard to haunt his former employers. He wrecked havoc at KCCA FC back line and made Hassan Jurua sent off when the latter brought him down as he went through towards goal.
Besides Mucurezi, Mbarara City in general put up a resilient performance no wonder KCCA FC manager stated at the end of the game that a draw was a fair result for both team.
Three league encounters between Mbarara City FC and KCCA FC have ended in stalemates.
5- Joel Madondo
He did not get so much playing time last season which was his debut season and managed to score just one goal.
Fred Amaku who was the club’s top scorer last season got injured at the start of the season and this seemed to have come as a blessing in disguise for Madondo.
He came off the bench to score a brace in the two all draw against SC Villa and since then, he has become a mainstay in Charles Ayieko’s starting team.
Six goals to his name in five games and currently leading the scoring charts, it all looks rosy for the young striker who has also earned a call to the U23 national team.
Against Vipers SC, he proved to be a thorn in flesh for his former teammate Livingstone Mulondo who struggled to keeping him at bay.
6-Maroons FC, SC Villa still struggling
Maroons FC have been a shadow of themselves since the start of the season and a poor run in the opening five games sees them at the bottom of the table with just a single point.
Under fire coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe has failed to figure out his best lineup and despite making several new additions, the cohesion with the old squad has not come as early as expected.
SC Villa are almost in the same boat with Maroons. Three points in five games and yet to win a game leaves the record champions grounded in relegation zone.
Despite an improvement in performance against URA FC, the team lacks the cutting edge and a section of fans have already started calling for Moses Basena’s head.
7- Resurgent Police FC
After losing their opening three games, Police FC have had a turn around of fortunes and won two games in a row.
A 2-1 away to Ndejje University was followed by another 2-1 win against Nyamityobora FC hence bringing relief to Abdallah Mubiru and his charges.
8- Express FC Register First Home Win
Express FC is still in rebuilding process but it is such results that bringing motivation and confidence to the team.
The Red Eagles registered their first win at home defeating Tooro United 2-0 on Wednesday.
Besides the win, there is evident increase in the number of fans that have regained hopes to return and support their team which was not the case last season when the team was struggling.