John Toki Credit: John Batanudde

Uganda Premier League 2020-21 (Matchday 20)

  • Vipers 0-1 Express
  • Kyetume 3-2 Wakiso Giants
John Toki and David Bagole Credit: John Batanudde

Express Football Club subjected Vipers to their first home loss in this campaign, after winning 1-0 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

John Byamukama scored a stunning long-range shot in the 65th minute on the sunny evening.

From about 30 yards, Byamukama rocketed into the roof of the net after a well set ball from Martin Kizzaa Lubwama.

Express had a brilliant start to the game and as early as the 5th minute, winger Godfrey Lwesibawa fluffed a chance towards the Vipers’ goal.

Two minutes later, defender Livingstone Mulondo headed out a Bobosi Byaruhanga corner kick as Vipers made their first attack.

Two quick cautions were given out to Ceaser Manzoki and Charles Musiige in the 13th and 15th minutes respectively for unsporting conduct.

Musiige swiftly recovered from a knock to soldier on after 25 minutes.

John Byamukama Toki celebrates his goal against Vipers Credit: John Batanudde

Towards the half-hour mark, Express defender Murushid Juuko headed out a dangerous cross from Disan Galiwango.

On the break, a Galiwango corner-kick was headed out at the near post by Yunus Sentamu.

Express defender Juuko got cautioned in the 31st minute.

The visitors had a chance missed when Eric Kenzo Kambale headed over a cross by Lwesibawa from the right flank before Watambala’s curler flew over Express goal narrowly in the final chance of the opening stanza.

Upon return of the second half, Vipers’ defender Mulondo headed to the side netting off Bobosi Byaruhanga free-kick.

Mucureezi set up Karim Watambala who shoots over from 20 yards on 50 minutes.

Express defender Isa Lumu got cautioned for protesting a referee’s decision after a handball call on the edge of the goal area.

Mucureezi hit the resultant free-kick straight to the defensive wall before Sentamu blasted over the rebound.

In the 56th minute, John Byamukama shot straight to the goalkeeper Bashir Ssekagya from 20 yards.

Two minutes later, Lwesibawa shot over a distant free-kick.

On the hour mark, Martin Kizza had a chance missed from closed range and Galiwango shot over from close range off an acute angle.

Vipers called for a double change in the 64th minute. Left back Galiwango paved way for left footed attacker Richard Basangwa and  Sentamu was rested for Milton Karisa.

The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute when Byamukama shot from 20 yards off Kizza’s set ball to spark wild celebrations for the Red Eagles.

Two minutes later, Watambala hit the cross bar with a distant effort.

Vipers’ third change came as  midfielder David Bagoole was pushed on for Paul Mucureezi after 73 minutes.

A minute later, Express made their own first change of the game; Daniel Shabene came on for a seemingly injured Kizza.

With 13 minutes to play, FIFA Referee Mashood Ssali cautioned the Express goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga.

For the final 10 minutes, Express defended gallantly and in numbers.

At one stage, there was a goal melee with successful blocks following unfruitful attempts from Basangwa, Manzoki and Orit.

The Venoms remained the team on mission and in the 84th minute, left back Aziz Kayondo had a cross into the area but Manzoki fouled goalkeeper Muwanga as play was halted.

Basangwa had the final attempt on target with a weak shot well collected by Muwanga inside the goal area.

Inside the final added minutes, Milton Karisa volleyed over in front of the goal mouth for the final chance ruined.

At this time, FIFA Referee Ssali signaled full time, much to the delight of the Express players, the officials as well as few traveling fans; on the contrast, Vipers’ players fell to the Kitende astro turf in a crest fallen mood.

Byamukama was deserved named the pilsner man of the match, earning Shs. 100,000 for the feat.

Express is now on 40 points, three shy from Vipers and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

Meanwhile, Kyetume edged visiting Wakiso Giants 3-2 at the Nakisunga Ssaza playground.

This was Kyetume’s second successive victory at that this stadium since relocating from the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.

Team Line Ups:

Vipers starting xi against Express Credit: John Batanudde

Vipers XI: Bashir Sekagya (G.K), Paul Willa (G.K), Aziz Kayondo, Livingstone Mulondo, Disan Galiwango, Dissan Galiwango, Ibrahim Orit, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Paul Mucureezi, Yunus Sentamu, Karim Watambala, Cesar Manzoki

Subs: Denis Kiggundu (G.K), Halid Lwaliwa, Jamil Kalisa, Richard Basangwa, Joseph Dhata, David Bagoole, Milton Karisa

Express starting xi against Vipers Credit: John Batanudde

Express XI: Mathias Muwanga (G.K), Enoch Walusimbi (Captain), Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Mahad Yaya Kakooza, John Byamukama, Charles Musiige, Martin Kizza Lubwama, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Eric Kenzo Kambale

Subs – Chrispus Kusiima (G.K), Daniel Shabene, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Ivan Mayanja, Frank Kalanda, Mustafa Kiragga

Match Officials

  • Referee: Mashood Ssali
  • Assistant Referee 1: Dick Okello
  • Assistant Referee 2: Isa Masembe
  • Fourth official: Ashadu Semere
  • Match commissioner: Mark Ssonko

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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