In a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game of predominantly two halves, all the fans were served too was a one all draw final result, Vipers SC shall be kicking themselves for having let KCCA FC back into the game with a lacklustre 2nd half showing at Lugogo on Thursday.
Vipers started the game on the front foot and were tactically disciplined with their approach. The league holders forced KCCA’s talismanic players in Mike Mutyaba and Allan Okello to have so much of the ball from the wider areas which limited the danger coming in from the ‘
That approach coupled with their exploiting of the channels of space between Timothy Awany, Peter Magambo & Hassan Musana meant that they were the more likely side to rattle the back of the net.
Even the injury suffered by Vipers’ talismanic defender, Halid Lwaliwa in the earlier stages of the game did not dent their spirits as they played a very well worked out game.
Their big breakthrough eventually came in the 29th minute after a second ball invitingly fell for a grateful Brian Nkuubi who did not hesitate to dispatch the opportunity and send the Venom faithful behind the Naguru goal into uncontrollable bouts of pandemonium.
Deservedly taking the road at that point in the game, now the spotlight was on KCCA FC and how they’d react to a rather stale 1st half performance.
Well KCCA gaffer, Mike Hillary Mutebi, had the answers as he thrust national team striker Patrick Kaddu into the fray for the rather quiet Sadat Anaku.
The energy he brought into the team was visible for all to see as he drew Ibrahim Tembo out of position with one of his darting runs.
That’s when he created space for Allan Okello to send Mike Mutyaba clean on goal. Mutyaba was never in doubt as he coolly slotted the ball past the onrushing Derrick Ochan to draw KCCA level.
If the StarTimes Stadium had a roof, without a shadow of a doubt it would have been ‘blown’ off as the decibel levels skyrocketed there and then.
KCCA made the pitch wider by deploying Timothy Awany and Mustafa Kiiza high up the pitch on the flanks which stretched Vipers a lot thus creating opportunities for the home side.
Furthermore, fatigue creped in as Vipers had exerted so much energy in the 1st half, something they are not known for doing and this haunted them later in the game.
Irrespective of the tide being against Vipers, they firmly stood their ground and held on for a result. On the face of it, the one all scoreline felt like two points dropped for the table leaders and a priceless point for the defending champs but KCCA won’t be fazed as they maintain their four-point cushion over Vipers SC at the helm of the log.