Vipers SC title ambitions were on Friday dented by a 1-0 home loss to SC Villa at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende. This meant that the Venoms suffered the second loss of the season.
Bashir Mutanda scored the only goal that separated the two sides to help reduce the gap between Vipers and KCCA FC at the top to just four points.
Fahad Bayo made a good run in the 10th minute but his final shot did not trouble SC Villa’s goalkeeper Said Keni in what was the first clear chance for the hosts.
Moses Kigundu did well to intercept the ball when Karim Watambala tried to cross it into the box after making his way past Derrick Ndahiro.
Vipers were launching attack after attack and Kigundu’s interception proved vital as it thwarted the Venoms‘ danger once more.
Bayo sent his header slightly wide after he was located by Bobosi Byaruhanga with a pinpoint pass in the 32nd minute.
Goalkeeper Keni rose to save the day for SC Villa again when he managed to collect a powerful long-range shot from Paul Willa. Willa had made his way past his markers but could not find the target with Keni proving a stumbling block once more.
SC Villa took a surprising lead in the 53rd minute when Mutanda planted the ball past goalkeeper Mutombora who had remained untested for the better part of the first half.
Keni’s save denied Dan Sserunkuma in the 66th minute in a one-on-one situation as the Vipers forward failed in his attempt to volley the ball past him. Keni’s quick reaction in the 71st minute proved vital once more after he carried away a shot from Paul Mucureezi.
Vipers remained on 42 points on the table while KCCA FC moved to 38 points following their 1-0 win against Tooro United.