Uganda Premier League table leaders Vipers SC further consolidated their grip on the top of the table, despite playing to a goalless draw against Onduparaka in their game at the Green Light stadium, Arua on Saturday.
It was a pretty much somber viewing for the entire 90 minutes, as the action on the field of play failed to live up to the excitement and anticipation in the build up to the game.
The visitors had an early chance at goal, as play maker Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye was brought down just outside the area. Paul Willa stepped up to take the resultant free kick, but the right back put his effort way over the bar.
Moments later, Vipers had another shout at goal, but Bayo’s header missed the target by inches from Willa’s cross down the right wing.
The game offered very little in terms of build up play, evidenced by the lack of excitement and noise from within the stands.
Despite the lack of creativity and imagination in the style of play, Onduparaka also had an opening in the 15th minute, but forward Ceaser Okhuti glanced his effort over the bar. In the 27th minute, Gasser Alex had the best chance of the game so far, but his lob over the keeper was denied by the woodwork.
Vipers had a penalty appeal turned away by the referee Ronald Madanda, after Zaga was brought down inside the area. There was nothing to separate the two sides as they headed into halftime recess.
In the 64th minute, Okhuti had another glaring chance to put his side ahead, but the forward again could not find the target.
Leading goal scorer Fahad Bayo was presented with the biggest opportunity of the game in the 71st minute, as he raced through on goal, beating defender Dudu Ramathan for pace, but his attempted lob over goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa was feeble, much to disarray of the Vipers technical bench.
With nine minutes to play, second half substitute Vitalis Tabu’s free kick from range was superbly tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Fabien Mutombora.
Neither sides could come up with a winner as the clock ran down, as they settled for their third successive goalless draw in the league, at the Green Light stadium.
Vipers stay top of the league table, moving to 20 points from nine games, three points ahead of second placed BUL Bidco. While Onduparaka stay fourth but move level on points with SC Villa on 16 points.
Vipers remain on the road when they visit new comers Kyetume FC on 29th October, at the Mandela National Stadium. On the same day, Onduparaka will play host to Tooro United in Arua.
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