The StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) had six matches played across the different stadia as the new season entered its match day 5.
At Mandela National Stadium, record league champions Sports Club Villa extended their poor start to the season as they remained winless following a goalless draw with Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) in the Namboole derby.
In the East of the country, a ten man Kirinya Jinja SSS FC managed to hold league reigning winners and an on-form Vipers SC to a 2-2 draw as they recovered from a 3-0 loss to Onduparaka FC at home last week.
The showcase at the Might Arena in Jinja was quite entertaining on the evening. However, it was the visitors that took the lead as early as the sixth minute through Noah Wafula’s sensational strike from over 30 yards out.
The home side showed their fighting spirits as they found the equalizer through usual suspect Joel Madondo with a low strike off Bagoole’s through-pass.
Just a few minutes to half time, tensions rose in the game that saw Kirinya’s stopper Didi Muhammad sent off with a red card for a dangerous elbow on Wafula, which sparked off a scuffle among the players before the match referee Asadu Ssemere and his assistants stepped in to bring matters into order.
The goalie's red card however came on second thought after the referee had initially flashed a yellow card before awarding the visitors a penalty. Striker Dan Muzei Sserunkuma stepped up and converted the penalty to extend his tally to three goals in three matches and making it 2-1 for the Venoms heading into halftime. Substitute goalkeeper Rubankene fell to the right side but came shot of the spot kick.
Three minutes into the second stanza, coach Charles Ayiekoh’s side proved the value of the halftime break as Madondo slid to tuck in a pass from Muwawu, making it 2-2 as he marked his brace on the evening.
The brilliant forward continued with his efforts with two desperate attempts from free kicks that were inches wide as well as a penalty appeal that was waved off as the game ended in a two-all draw.
Coach Javier Martinez Espinoza’s men remain top of the 16-team table with 13 points from 5 games and three ahead of KCCA FC, who host Mbarara City on Wednesday before the two growing rivals face each other on Saturday in Kitende.
StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Match Day 5 Tuesday Results
SC Villa FC 0-0 URA FC
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC 2-2 Vipers SC
Ndejje University FC 1-0 Paidha Black Angels FC
Maroons FC 1-2 BUL FC
Onduparaka FC 0-0 Bright Stars FC
Nyamityobora FC 1-2 Uganda Police FC
KCCA FC vs Mbarara City FC
Express FC vs Tooro United FC
By Robert K James