This weekend’s round of Uganda Premier League fixtures turned out some strange results and some curious stats. In this round-up we focus on former record league winners SC Villa who lost for the first time in the campaign. We also take a view on what was billed as a ‘six pointer’, the match between Vipers and KCCA.
All that, plus Sserwadda sacking and relegation-threatened Jinja sides as well as URA and Proline, the stalemate ‘Kings’.
It all started on Friday when Vipers beat leaders KCCA 2-1 at Nakivubo. Little did we know that more 19 goals had to come the following days.
Besides Kavumba, all match day stadia witnessed at least two goals with Betway Green Light stadium producing the most; seven followed by Phillip Omondi stadium that witnessed six.
Onduparaka were the highest scorers with four while Soana and URA netted none.
The round saw just two victories out of eight matches. Vipers’ 2-1 win over KCCA and Onduparaka’s 4-3 victory over SC Villa was all to show from the eight matches.
But the most interesting was at Lugogo where draw specialists Proline threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Lweza.
The draw was the club’s 6th this season from just eight matches and alongside Kirinya Jinja SS and URA, they are true draw Kings.
KCCA loss good for the league
On Friday, KCCA were outclassed despite a slim 2-1 loss thanks to Vipers. It was hard to take for the Lugogo faithful but for the neutrals, there could be no better result.
Had Mike Mutebi’s side won the duel, they would be nine points clear at the summit with less than half of the league and without doubt, the competition would be dead.
Vipers’ regain winning mojo….?
The Venoms are yet to get their season in full gear but after wins over rivals Lweza (1-0) and KCCA (2-1) in which their performance speaks volumes, the question remains on whether they are now ready to pounce.
Abdallah Mubiru still has a lot of work to do but if he can keep Tonny Odur, Erisa Ssekisambu, Deus Bukenya, Halid Lwaliwa and Hassan Wasswa Mawanda fit, who knows?
But anyway, let them first get Proline out of the way on the league resumption after the international break.
Bugembe costs Sserwadda job
Maybe Deo Sserwadda would still be SC Villa coach if his side hadn’t bitterly lost to Onduparaka.
But that’s all in the past after three gifts from his first choice goalie on the day; Ashadu Bugembe.
The custodian was at fault for three of the four Onduparaka goals on Saturday and the biggest question remains, how does Bugembe start ahead of the experience and more talented Yasin Mugabi in a game of such magnitude?
Anyway, he was also at fault for signing a contract that demanded maximum points from all the six leagues at the beginning. Not even Pep Guardiola can sign such.
Kisala living on the edge
In coaching, you are only safe when your team is winning. That side, Kefa Kisala must be living on the edge at URA where he has only guided the club to just one win in eight matches.
The club are 9th on the 16 team log with 9 points; a whopping 9 behind early pacesetters KCCA.
For how long will Kisala stay at the helm at Mehta Grounds, Lugazi?
Is it time for goalline technology?
Its high time goalline technology inventors get the due plaudits. Over the weekend, Onduparaka against SC Villa nearly aborted thanks to a goal that was given by first assistant, Okello Lee.
SC Villa goalie failed to tame Gaddafi Wahab’s attempt from the free kick but he did immediately.
Lee signaled goal even when Onduparaka players near Bugembe cared less and that nearly sparked revolt from the Jogoos bench and players.
Match day three also witnessed a similar case. Brian Kakaire’s attempt appeared not to have crossed the line on TV replays when Vipers drew with URA.
Unfortunately, there was no TV in Arua but coincidentally, it was the same official – Okello Lee.
Is Green Light stadium, Arua – a Valley of no Return?
Two giants have fallen there. First, KCCA and then SC Villa. Soana managed a stalemate while Police was also arrested at the venue.
Who will break their (Onduparaka) virginity at home that seems to get longer each day? It’s now three years without losing at the intimidating venue that doesn’t only send opponents shivering but match officials as well.
Against KCCA, Mike Mutebi described the officiating as ‘silly’ after his team conceded a seemingly offside goal and so did SC Villa on Saturday.