Rogers Mato’s first half strike helped KCCA FC to a 1-0 win over Vipers SC in a nerve-wracking StarTimes Uganda Premier League encounter at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Saturday.
The victory was the perfect revenge for the home team having lost to the Kitende side at home in the 2021/22 campaign.
KCCA began off the better side, controlling proceedings, dominating and asking the guests’ backline questions.
It wasn’t long before they broke the deadlock through Mato’s diving header off Allan Okello’s superb delivery.
Five minutes later, the Venoms nearly found a quick leveller but new signing, Darcy Mabaka Kipoyi’s powerful shot missed the target by a few inches.
Denis Iguma threatened in the 26th but his stinging shot from outside the box sailed away from Mudekereza’s post.
The rest of the half didn’t witness clear goalscoring opportunities as the Kasasiro Boys held on for a victory in the opening stanza.
The visitors kick-started the second half on a high and nearly grabbed the equalizer two minutes after restart, but Livingstone Mulondo’s header from Bright Anukani’s freekick sailed inches wide.
Three minutes later, Hillary Mukundane also missed the target by a whisker after Anukani’s freekick.
Vipers continued their search for their first of the evening and nearly found it but Karisa headed wide following Ashraf Mandela’s cross, as the hosts held on to the win.
After three games, KCCA sit fourth with six points and will visit Maroons FC on October 28.
Meanwhile, Vipers who have played two games this season, will take on Maroons on November 11, and hold one point in 13th.
How both teams lined up
KCCA: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Mustafa Mujuzi, Filbert Obenchan, Geoffrey Wasswa, Denis Iguma, Ashraf Mugume, Allan Okello, Moses Waiswa, Tshisungu Kankonde, Rogers Mato
Substitutions: Derrick Ochan, John Revita, Usama Arafat, Julius Poloto, Muhammad Shaban
Vipers: Alfred Macumu Mudekereza (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Disan Ggaliwango, Murushid Juuko, Livingstone Mulondo, Hillary Mukundane, Olivier Osomba, Marvin Joseph Youngman, Milton Karisa, Yunus Sentamu, Darcy Mabaka Kipoyi.
Substitutions: Denis Kiggundu, Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Isa Mubiru, Abdu Lumala, Bashir Asiku, Cromwell Rwothomio, Bright Anukani