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Review: ‘Noisy neigbours’ silenced at Lugogo

‘Noisy neighbors’ Vipers SC faced the harsh reality of facing their first loss of the season, falling to a slender 1-0 defeat to Champions KCCA at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

Muzamir Mutyaba’s 32nd minute strike went straight through the hearts of the Venoms to down the log leaders, as KCCA picked up their fourth consecutive win.

Both sides had to make do with pretty much second string sides, as they missed a couple of first team players who were away on national duty with the Cranes. 

KCCA started the better side, applying early pressure at Vipers’ goal with the visitors holding on. 

The hosts’ early dominance in the opening 15 minutes of the game would count for nothing, as they could only draw fine and comfortable saves from Vipers keeper Fabien Mutombora. 

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In the 20th minute, KCCA captain Mustafa Kizza cane agonisingly close to opening the scoring, but his 25 yard free kick, missed the target by just a whisker. 

By the 25th minute, the game seemed to have lost its tempo, but Erisa Ssekisambu had other ideas. The forward did more than enough, becoming the center of all attacking play for KCCA. 

The former Vipers forward became a menace and was relentless in attack, ravaging and destroying left back Aziz Kayondo who struggled to keep up with the pace and trickery of the former. 

Ssekisambu’s dominance on the right wing would provide KCCA with the break through. He beat Kayondo for the umpteenth time to set up to set up Muzamir Mutyaba. 

Mutyaba’s shot from just outside the area was deflected past Mutombora as KCCA found the breakthrough in the 32nd minute. 

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Minutes to the halftime break, Brian Nkuubi almost put the visitors level against the run of play, but his right footed effort went just wide of the target. 

Vipers started the second stanza on the stronger foot as they kept search of an equaliser. Rahmat Senfuka’s snap shot from range was inches wide. 

In a bid to give his team more attacking threat, Vipers head coach Edward Golola introduced Allan Kayiwa for Innocent Wafula and later Brian Kalumba for Tito Okello who seemed to have run his race. 

But its the hosts that almost doubled their lead. Jackson Nunda did well winning the ball off Siraje Ssentamu at the edge of the box, but he failed to hit the target with his curling effort. 

The Venoms also had a couple of promising shots at goal, Brian Nkuubi’s lobbed shot went inches close while Ssentamu’s low shot failed to find the target. 

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The Kasasiro boys failed to capitalise on a fast break, as Ssekisambu’s lob was intially saved by Mutombora, Nunda failed to connect well with the rebound. 

The best chance to salvage a point for Vipers fell to Kayiwa. Senfuka setting him up with the latter beating Filbert Obenchan, but KCCA keeper Jamil Maliyamungu pulled off a stunning save. 

With a minute to play, Ssekisambu failed to hit the target and bury the game after second half substitute Steven Sserwadda set him up well inside the area. 

Vipers despite falling to their first loss of the season stay top of the log, with a game to play to the end of the first round. KCCA move to fifth on the log with 22 points, 10 behind Vipers, but KCCA do have four games in hand. 

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