Ben Ocen in action against Vipers at Namboole. He was key against Kirinya Jinja SS Credit: UPL MEDIA
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[/media-credit] Ben Ocen in action against Vipers at Namboole. Police won 2-1 Credit: UPL MEDIA

Hood Kaweesa brace sent Police back on top as they came from behind to win 2-1 against Vipers at Namboole.

Milton Karisa had given the visitors a lead early in the second half after a barren first half in which the two sides evenly matched each other.

Abdallah Mubiru made four changes to the team that lost in Onduparaka with Paul Willa, Samuel Kayongo, Hood Kaweesa and Ruben Kimera starting.

Likewise, Portuguese Miguel Da Costa also gave a rare start of Hassan Kalega in midfield ahead of Tom Masiko and Congolese Moussa Mbayi also made his debut.

The first half was cagey but Police started brighter and dominated the first quarter of the game with Ocen and Kaweesa giving trouble to the visiting backline but later, Vipers took control with Moses Waiswa dictating play from the centre of the pack.

However, the two goalkeepers had virtually not much to do in the first half as the two teams drew goalless.

Police called the first change with Rahmat Ssenfuka replacing Albert Mugisa after recess but before he could make any impact, Vipers took the lead with a well taken strike from Karisa.

A low cross from the left was controlled by Kalega on the edge of the 18 yard area and he deftly passed to Karisa who had all space and time to shoot at the near post past Kisembo to send the travelling fans into frenzy.

Miguel reacted by introducing Tom Masiko for young Baden Mujahid to give the midfield more stability.

Mubiru then introduced striker Basani Saafi for midfielder Gift Ali and also Yasin Mugume for Ruben Kimera as the search for the leveller intensified.

The leveller finally came in the 68th minute when Dan Birikwalira feeble back pass to goalie Ismail Watenga was intercepted by Kaweesa who slotted home to level matters.

Five minutes later, Kaweesa put the Cops in the lead with a free header off Ocen cross after brilliant work from Willa down the right flank.

Kaweesa then missed a chance to grab the season’s first hat trick when he sent his effort over the bar after beating Deus Bukenya.

Not even the introduction of Erisa Ssekisambu for Kalega and Steven Mukwala for Mbayi could change the direction of the game as Vipers lost for the first time this season.

The 2005 champions are back on top with same points (10) as second and third placed Vipers and Onduparaka but the Cops have a superior goal difference.

How the teams lined up

Police XI: Douglas Kisembo (GK), Paul Willa, Arafat Galiwango, Steven Mugisha, Martin Mpuuga (C), Samuel Kayongo, Gift Ali (Basani Saafi), Albert Mugisa (Rahmat Ssenfuka), Ben Ocen, Hood Kaweesa and Ruben Kimera (Yasin Mugume)

Unused Substitutes: Davies Mutebi (GK), Norman Ogik, Juma Balinya and Denis Bigala

Vipers XI: Ismail Watenga (GK), Nico Wadada (C), Dan Birikwalira, Shafik Bakaki, Deus Bukenya, Tadeo Lwanga, Hassan Kalega (Erisa Ssekisambu), Moses Waiswa, Baden Mujahid (Tom Masiko), Milton Karisa, Mousa Mbayi (Steven Mukwala)

Unused substitutes: James Alitho (GK), Yayo Lutimba, Tonny Odur, Brian Nkuubi

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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