Vipers SC compelled KCCA to a second succesive home defeat with a 2-1 victory at the MTN Omondi Stadium on Sunday.
With second half goals from Yunus Ssentamu and Milton Karisa effectively ended Morley Byekwaso’s side’s hopes of a 14th league title.
Recent criticism for KCCA’s lack of intent in these fixtures was evident on the day as Denis Iguma’s flick on for their only goal on the day the best piece of attacking action the Kasasiro Boys displayed for 90 minutes.
On the other hand, it was a masterful performance against an elite opposition as Fred Kajoba’s men were dominant over their cross city rivals as the completed their first league double over KCCA since the 2016/17 season.
KCCA had the first opportunity of the game, Poloto initially failed to make clean contact with Herbert Achai’s cross before Sadat Anaku blazed over the cross bar.
Vipers turned the tempo against their hosts, Charles Lukwago pulling off a brilliant save to keep out Richard Basangwa’s glancing header.
The Venoms were nearly gifted a goal as KCCA tried to build out from the back, AbdulKarim Watambala robbing Hassan Jurua of possession but his shot sailed inches wide.
Basangwa again had another good opportunity from an angle but he shot straight at the Lukwago, while Bobosi Byaruhanga failed to connect with Karisa’s low cross at the far post at the stroke of half time.
Aziz Kayondo rampaged from left back to light up the game, setting up Ssentamu to power below Lukwago for his 13th goal of the season in the 55th minute.
Kayondo was involved in the thick of things again two minutes later, sitting down Jurua before teeing up Karisa at the far post to power past Lukwago.
Vipers looked to be cruising, but a double substitution involving Samson Kigozi and Bright Anukani turned the wave of the game.
KCCA pulled a goal back in the 68th minute, Denis Iguma flicking on Kigozi’s low shot into the bottom corner to set up a nervous final 20 minutes.
The visitors were made to defend for the final part of the game but they were disciplined throughout, denying KCCA any chances to draw level.
The title is effectively out of reach for KCCA who are now 13 points behind leaders URA FC who reached 50 points with victory over Onduparaka on Friday with eight games to go.
Vipers meanwhile took an important step towards retaining their league crown as they close the gap against URA back to a single point with the two sides set to meet next at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Wednesday.
On the same day, KCCA face Police FC, who are level with them on 37 points. The Cops also suffered a similar blow to their title hopes with a 2-0 defeat against Express at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium on Saturday.