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UPL: Vipers Hold Express At Wankulukuku

Wednesday, November 7
Express FC 1-1 Vipers SC

Express FC and Vipers played out to a one all draw in a league game played at Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.

The Venoms needed a late Tito Okello strike, which seemed offside, to pick a point off a rejuvenated Express FC team.

Tony Odur had scored from the spot to give the hosts an halftime lead.

Odur leading his teammates in celebrations. Courtesy

Dan Mzee Sserunkuma earlier missed a penalty to level for Vipers before the break.

The point takes Express FC to 13 points, as the Venoms go to 15 from seven league games.

Next for Express is a trip to Mwererwe to face Bright Stars on November 13. Vipers’ will look to return to winning ways against Paidha Black Angels in Kitende.

Action between Express (Red) and Vipers (blue). courtesy photo

Express Lacked A Cutting Edge

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The mood at Wankulukuku was very positive for the club that had just unveiled their New shirt sponsor – Betway.

Coming into the game, the Red Eagles had picked maximum points from their long trip to Arua against Paidha Black Angels and the dream to win against Vipers seemed possible.

Express failed to capitalize on Vipers’ slow start as they mised chances at the start of the game.

The calm before the storm

Michael Birungi arrived as Galiwango Disan’s aerial delivery went in attended to following a good build up with Badru Nsubuga the architect.

Tony Odur had a chance inside the area but shot way over the bar.

In the 29th minute, Odur gave the Red Eagles a deserved lead from the spot after Ibrahim Kayiwa was brought down by Fred Okot and Geoffrey Wasswa combined.

Express’ Isaac Mutanga handled the ball in the area for a penalty but Sserunkuma couldnt level matters when he shot an inch wide.

In the second stanza, Birungi went through on goal, but was easily collected by Vipers’ keeper Mutombora.

Galiwango also came close to doubling the lead for Express but his effort off Kayiwa’s freekick was off the target.

In the 83rd minute, Defender Mutanga was stretchered off and the visitors capitalized on the advantage when Tito Okello fires into the roof from close range.

Express played their first game since they acquired Betway as sponsors.

Vipers On Downward Spiral?

The Venoms got off to a perfect start this campaign as they won their first four games to go top of the log.

However, draws against Kirinya, KCCA and Express FC have left a lot to be desired.

The three draws in a row see the defending champions drop six points, an equivalent of two losses in three games.

In other words, Vipers have collected three points out of a possible nine in their last three games.

Against Express, Vipers made about four changes in their team that started the 1-1 draw against KCCA in Kitende.

The team played with low pace and generally struggled to pass the ball. Moses Waiswa chased shadows in the middle of the park before he was withdrawn for Abram Nduggwa.

Mzee Dan Sserunkuma failed from the spot, fired blanks on a day and lost most of the challenges against an Express FC wall commanded by Julius Ntambi and Isaac Mutanga.

Teams:

Express FC
Mathias Muwanga, Julius Ntambi, Disan Galiwango, Isaac Mutanga, Arthur Kiggundu, Pius Mbidde, Michael Birungi, Badru Nsubuga, Tonny Odur, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Eric Kambale.

Vipers SC
Fabien Mutombora, Fred Okot, Tayo Lutimba, Ibrahim Kiyembe, Geoffrey Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga, Moses Waiswa, Brian Nkuubi, Noah Wafula, Daniel Sserunkuma, Tom Masiko

Officials
Referee – Ronald Kirangwa
Asst Referee – Lydia Nantabo and Sam Kakembo

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