July 5, 2022

Record: Vipers indite selves as most dominant side in a season

By Allan Damba
Vipers SC players celebrate their 2021/2022 league triumph at Kitende | UPL Image

In emerging the 2021/22 Uganda Premier League champions, Vipers SC collected 74 points,18 ahead of runners-up KCCA FC who could only manage 56.

The point difference is the biggest any side has had over a second-placed team in the league’s 54 years of existence.

From its creation in 1968 as the National First Division League, through to the days as the National Football League, the Super Ten, the Uganda Super League, and currently, the Uganda Premier League, no side has made the feat.

The best any side had managed before the Venoms in the preceding campaign, was holding a 13-point gap. On five occasions, teams had ten points or more, than their nearest rivals.

In 1986, SC Villa was crowned champions having accumulated 49 points, twelve ahead of second-placed Tobacco FC.

Nine years later, Express FC bettered the feat with a 13-point difference ahead of Uganda Electricity Board FC. While the former had 74 points, the latter collected 61.

The Red Eagles, a year later were yet again crowned champions with 10 points ahead of KCCA FC who came second. Express had 75 whereas the former managed 65.

In 2002, Villa garnered 79 points, 13 ahead of KCCA, who were the nearest competitors.

Meanwhile, KCCA was yet again runners-up when URA FC won the trophy in the 2010/11 campaign, albeit, with an 11-point difference.

As Vipers got crowned on Saturday at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende, they were indicted as the most dominant force of any side in a single season.

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