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StarTimes UPL: Vipers suffer first home defeat in two years

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In a stunning turn of events, Vipers SC faced their first  home defeat since 2021 at the hands of BUL FC.

The table leaders showcased a remarkable consistency, resilience, and determination, securing a victory over the hosts in their own stadium, St Mary’s Stadium Kitende.

Bidico Uganda Limited football club netted three goals on the day with the hosts only managing to score twice, something that caused a significant setback for the Venoms.

Prior to this defeat, Vipers had last lost lost at Kitende in November 2021 to URA FC 0-2 courtesy of Joakim Ojera and Cromwell Rothomio.

The last time Vipers succumbed to BUL FC was earlier this year on 10th August during the FUFA Super 8 quarter-finals at Njeru, where Samuel Sekamatte secured a 1-0 win for BUL.

Heading into the game with high expectations, BUL took the lead as early as the 8th minute after Fabien Mutombora punched a Kirya corner into Nicholas Mwere’s path who shot the ball into the net with power.

Former Venom Lawrence Tezikya, now playing a pivotal midfield role capitalizing on a Mulondo mistake to double the lead for the Eastern Giants in added time of the opening half only to end it 0-2.

Six minutes after the restart, Vipers rallied back with Yunus Ssentamu pulling one back after a good pass from Bright Anukani to Eric Kambale who slide it through to the hitman.

However, Ibrahim Mugulusi, entering the game from the bench, secured a third goal for BUL FC in the 66th minute with a close range thunderous shot at goal after receiving a great ball from in-form Alex Kitata on the left wing.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Mohammad Salem Ekbad right after starting a move added another through a header from a well lifted cross from Patrick Mbowa only for it to turn out as consolation goal for the hosts finishing it all at 2-3.

Ronald Otti earned the Man of the Match accolade for his standout performance throughout the game both defensively and offensively.

This meant that BUL FC now extended their lead at the top to 29 points, five apart second placed Vipers from 12 games.

For Vipers, a win could have propelled them to the top of the table but they remain in second with 24 points from an equal number of matches played.

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