Vipers recovered from an early scare to deafeat Proline FC and extend their lead of the Startimes Uganda Premier League to 7 points at Lugogo.
The hosts were missing the services of resolute defender Mustafa Mujuzi who was out on suspension while Vipers’ head Coach Edward Golola made three changes to his previous starting line up with Derrick Ochan, Denis Mwemezi and Rahmat Ssenfuka coming in for first choice goal keeper Fabian Mutombora , Tito Okello and Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye respectively.
Former Venom, Diego Hamis kizza broke the deadlock in the 8th minute to put Proline in the lead.
However, their lead was short lived as just a few moments later, Masaza graduate Denis Mwemezi headed in to level matters for the visitors.
The venoms continued to pressurise Proline until they gave way to Fahad Bayo’s tap-in from a rebound after a fumble by Hassan Matovu make it 2-1 for the leaders in the 13th minute.
Vipers extended their lead to 3 -1 through Denis Mwemezi who capitalised on a moment of clumsy defending by Proline to complete his brace in the 20th minute.
Before half time Vipers SC made two forced substitutions with Ibrahim Tembo coming on for Siraj Ssetamu who pulled a muscle after a tackle from Ibrahim Wamanah in the 27th minute while Jacob Ocao came on for skipper Halid Lwarira who also got injured after a foul from Diego Hamis Kiza in the 38th minute.
In the second stanza, youngster Denis Mwemezi was brought down inside the penalty area at the 53rd minute mark and the referee didn’t hesitate to point at the spot.
Fahad Bayo stood up to complete his brace making it 4-1 for the venoms with his 11th goal of the Startimes Uganda Premier League. He is now level with former Vipers striker, Steven Mukwala who plays his trade with Maroons.
Hakim kiwanuka pulled back another for the hosts in the dying minutes of the game to reduce the deficit to 2-4.
Vipers SC have now gone 7 points clear of second placed KCCA FC with 42 points in 17 games while Proline remains 16th with 12-points on the table.
Vipers take on Villa in their next game at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende while Athony Bongole’s will pay visit to Express FC on Saturday.