Ten man Vipers Sports Club saw off Sports Club Villa in a 3-1 thumping on Wednesday evening at Mandela National Stadium in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Former KCCA FC defender Habib Kavuma headed home to give Villa the lead in the 28th minute at Namboole as the Jogoos took their quest for a first season victory into match day 4. The goal however needed one of the assistant referees’ approval on whether the ball had actually crossed the line.
But the reigning league champions had other ideas, with striker Dan Muzei Sserunkuma, who had earlier had a goal disallowed for offside dribbling through defenders to level matters for the Venoms just a few minutes into halftime.
It was one-all at halftime. In the second stanza, the visitors returned too stronger for the Jogoos to match. Debutant Abrahim Ndugwa scored a sensational goal in the 47th minute to make it 2-1 off a counterattack that had seen Villa miss their chances on the opposite end.
Three minutes later, the Kitende based side stretched their lead further through a spectacular free kick from Moses Waiswa, just outside the area that followed a foul on Duncan Sseninde.
In the 69th minute of the game, Vipers captain Taddeo Lwanga was dismissed for a high tackle on Albert Mugisa as he stepped up his game against his former bosses.
Nonetheless, coach Javier Martinez’s side were able to hold on to the 3-1 lead until fulltime, a result that saw them reclaim their seat at the top of the table with 12 points from 4 games, sending KCCA FC, who beat Bright Stars FC at Lugogo on Tuesday by 2-0 to second place with 10 points.
Meanwhile, SC Villa dropped to the relegation zone with just two points and second from bottom, only above Maroons FC who have managed just one point following a 1-1 draw with URA FC on Wednesday in Luzira.
StarTimes Uganda Premier League
KCCA FC 2-0 Bright Stars FC
Express FC 0-0 Bul FC
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC 0-3 Onduparaka FC
Paidha Black Angels FC 0-0 Tooro United FC
SC Villa 1-3 Vipers SC
Nyamityobora FC 2-1 Mbarara City FC
Maroons FC 1-1 URA Football Club
Ndejje University FC 1-2 Police FC
By Robert K James