The eagerly awaited 2018/2019 StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) finally got underway on Friday 28th September across different stadia in the early evening after an afternoon downpour in the capital, Kampala.
Reigning champions Vipers Sports Club hosted league debutants of Ndejje University FC in the early evening opener at St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
A second half substitute Davies Kasirye scored the only goal of the game at the stroke of stoppage time after getting to end of Tito Okello’s cross to net the winner.
Kasirye, a former DC Motema Pemba forward was a 65th minute substitute for Frank Tumwesigye while Burundian keeper Fabian Mutombora, defender Livingstone Mulondo, Tito Okello and Dickens Okwir were all handed their debuts for the Venoms under the tutelage for new gaffer Javier Martinez Espinoza.
Elsewhere, youngster Allan Okello and Patrick Kaddu were on target in either half respectively as 2016/2017 league champions KCCA Football Club beat Tooro United FC, also formerly known as Soana FC by 2-1 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.
Okello netted as early as the 7th minute to give Mike Mutebi’s side the lead that they held onto until halftime. Steve minutes into the second stanza, Kaddu missed a chance to double the lead when he failed to convert from the spot but made amends as he scored just two minutes later while Allan Kayiwa picked the consolation for the visitors in the 76th minute.
At Namboole stadium, new Uganda Revenue Authority FC recruit Vitalis Tabu had no kind words for his native club, Paidha Black Angels as he scored twice to give coach Sam Ssimbwa’s Tax Collectors a winning start.
Away to the Champions Stadium in Mwererwe, Fred Kajoba’s Bright Stars FC condemned George ‘Best’ Nsimbe’s Maroons by 3-1. Last season’s runner-up top scorer, Nicholas Senkatuka and team captain lead by example when he scored an 11th minute penalty before netting his second early into the second half (in the 46th minute).
Augustine Kacancu scored the third for the home side on the one hour mark while Agau Rashid picked the consolation for Maroons in the first minute of added time.
In Arua, Vianne Sekajugo and goalkeeper Nicholas Sebwato were on the score sheet as Onduparaka FC beat newly-promoted Nyamityobora FC by 2-0. Sekajugo netted in the 27th minute while Sebwato scored a penalty in the 77th minute to secure victory for the caterpillars.
StarTimes Uganda Premier league
Vipers SC 1 - 0 Ndejje University FC
URA FC 2 - 0 Paidha Black Angels FC
KCCA FC 2 - 1 Tooro United
Onduparaka FC 2 - 0 Nyamityobora FC
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC 2 - 2 SC Villa
Bright Stars FC 3 - 1 Maroons FC
Police FC 1-2 BUL FC
By Robert K James