Vipers SC maintained the grip on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) table leadership with a hard fought 1-0 win over Wakiso Giants at St Mary’s stadium on Tuesday.
A strike from Fahad Bayo was enough to collect three points for the Venoms to move on 30 points in the league.
It was a blistering start as the Venoms played some good football and dominated proceedings during the early stages of the match putting to waste numerous chances which came our way.
The first opportunity fell to Karim Watambala in the 11th minute when his long range effort was spilled over by Wakiso Giants custodian Yasin Mugabi but Brian Kalumba failed to connect from the rebound allowing the goalkeeper to recover.
It continued to be one way traffic as Vipers searched for the opener and moments later, Simon Namwanja blocked Fahad Bayo’s goal bound shot with Mugabi already beaten while Paul Willa, Brian Kalumba and Watambala, all had chances in a space of 15 minutes but couldn’t convert any.
A breakthrough finally came in the 30th minute when Bobosi lofted a neat pass to Bayo who expertly chested the ball well, made space for himself with his back facing the goal, turned on the ball and struck it excellently into the net giving Mugabi no chance at all.
Due to the relent attacks from Vipers, Kirizestom Ntambi found himself in the referee’s book for a foul on Aziz Kayondo before he later found Viane Ssekajugo with a defence splitting pass enroute to Geoffrey Sserunkuuma whose low ball lacked power as Fabien Mutombora easily collected it.
With 59 minutes on the clock, the Venoms had a penalty call turned down by William Oloya after Watambala was brought down by Namwanja in the forbidden area but the referee wasn’t decided otherwise.
In the added time, Vipers survived a scare when Sekajugo curled a blockbuster past Mutombora but had already been flagged offside.
This was Steven Bengo’s first game as the caretaker manager of Wakiso Giants but unfortunately he wasn’t able to bag maximum points on the day.