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StarTimes UPL wrap: Vipers move top, Bright Stars and Mbarara secure away wins

StarTimes UPL wrap

Vipers, Bright Stars and KCCA FC enjoyed comfortable wins while Mbarara City needed to scrape past Wakiso Giants in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League matchday 16 games on Friday evening.

Vipers beat UPDF 3-0 at the Bombo Military playgrounds, Bright Stars travelled to Kavumba Recreation Center and left with a 3-1 win over Kitara, while Mbarara City managed to pick a 2-1 win at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso.

The game in Bombo had Vipers breaking the deadlock in the 14th minutes from the spot when Paul Mucureezi stepped up to net his eighth goal of the season.

Moments later, Congolese Cesar Manzoki Lobi doubled the Venoms advantage with wonderful sole effort to ensure his side went into the break with a two goals advantage.

Late in the second half, Manzoki completed his brace when he headed in a brilliant Abraham Ndugwa cross into the top corner to give his side a well deserved win and propel them back to top spot while they wait for URA FC who play later tomorrow.

Vipers are level on points with URA FC at 36 points but have a better goal difference over the tax collectors.

In Wakiso, Mbarara City came from a goal down to secure a vital 2-1 win over Wakiso Giants at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium. Wakiso took the lead in the 7th minutes when Pius Kaggwa was fouled in the forbidden area. Former Vipers SC midfielder Tom Matsiko stepped up and converted from the spot.

But just before the halftime break, Henry Kitegenyi levelled matters for the Ankole Lions after a pass from Jude Semugabi. The game seemed to have headed to a draw until in the 86th minute when Substitute Solomon Okwalinga, who came on for Ivan Eyam sealed a memorable win for Mbarara City’s Livingstone Mbabazi, who was playing against his former employers who he parted ways with in 2020 for the first time.

Mbarara City now move to 11th position on the log with 17 points, while Wakiso Giants move a place down to 13th with 16 points.

At the Kavumba Recreation Center, Soltilo Bright Stars eased past bottom placed Kitara FC with a comprehensive 3-1 victory.

Sam Ssekamatte Kayongo netted a goal in each half, while the other goal was scored by Marvin Joseph just before the halftime break. Monday Denis got Kitara’s consolation from the spot in the 64th minute. With today’s win, Bright Stars move a place up to ninth position with 20 points, while Kitara remain bottom with just 5 points in the 6 games.

At Lugogo, Morley Byekwaso started his reign as KCCA FC head coach with 3-0 win over BUL FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium.

Filbert Obenchan’s goal just before the break put the Kasasiro Boys ahead before two second half goals by Charles Lwanga and Julius Poloto sealed a first win for Byekwaso.

KCCA FC returned to fourth place that had been taken over by Villa (who beat MYDA to make 20 points), having garnered 30 points from 16 games, while BUL move a place down to 10th with 20 points.

StarTimes UPL: Byekwaso starts with 3 as KCCA FC defeat BUL

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