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StarTimes UPL: Mucureezi nets twice as Vipers overcome Busoga resistance in 8-goal thriller


Substitute Paul Mucureezi struck twice as defending champions Vipers overcame Busoga United’s resistance in another 8-goal thriller this season at the FUFA Technical center, Njeru, on Sunday afternoon.

Mucureezi who was brought on for David Bagoole in the 61st minute of the game struck his first from a free-kick in the 70th minute following a foul on Bobosi Byaruhanga within distance before finding another in the 84th minute after he was set up by Najib Yiga.

Vipers SC who started the game the brightest and imposing a lot of the pressure on the Busoga United broke the deadlock in the 18th minute through Geoffrey Wasswa’s deflected free-kick met a lot of resistance from the Jinja Side who kept on pressuring for goals too.

After conceding the first, the hosts rallied back and levelled matters through George Kasonko, who pounced onto a loose ball from Fabien Mutombora to send in a thunderous shot from close range.

Vipers fought back as Milton Kalisa restored vipers’ lead in the 28th minute, also reacting to a loose ball after Shafiq Nana Kakeeto failed to prevent Mohammad Shaban letting the ball through into the area. The first half ended with Vipers having a 2-1 lead over the Mighty side.

The second half wasn’t any different from the first. Youngster Karim Watambala got his name on to the scoresheet following an inter play with Mohammad Shaban, who set him up for a wonderful long-distance shot into the bottom right corner.

However, Busoga United pulled a goal back in the 56th minute through Isma Mugulusi to close in on Vipers lead.

Fred Kajoba made three substitutes in three minutes, bringing on Joseph Dhata, Paul Mucurezi and Ibrahim Orit for Halid Lwaliwa, David Bagoole and Mohammed Shaban respectively in the 61st minute, and it was the former Mbarara City forward Mucureezi who made wonders, sealing the win with a brace.

Busoga kept fighting on and before the game could end, Paul Ssekulima got a third for the home side in the 87th minute off a Ssewava low cross that beat Aziz Kayondo, for the forward to slide in the ball.

The game game ended 5-3 in favor of Vipers who now move to eighth position on the table with seven points garnered in the three games (2 wins and 1 draw), while Busoga United remains win-less in the opening five games.

The other game played earlier ended with Kyetume earning their second win of the season after beating BUL FC 1-0.

The League will take a break until February 12th.

In the meantime, focus now turns to the national team’s preparations for the CHAN 2020 Finals in Cameroon.

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