Vipers SC faltered in their quest on defending the StarTimes Uganda Premier League after falling 2-1 to a resurgent Ndejje Lions on Tuesday.
This was a defeat unlike any other for the Venoms as they were felled by a newly promoted team that is at the same time battling relegation and it definitely must have sent shock waves around the league.
The defeat leaves Vipers four points adrift of first placed KCCA who earlier today drew one all away at Tooro United in Buhinga to move to 49 points on the log.
Vipers must have lost their swagger that saw them go the entire calendar year of 2018 without tasting defeat as a shaky start to proceedings saw Ndejje race into a two nil lead.
Thanks to goals by Robert Eseru midway through the first half and Anwar Ntege shortly after the 2nd half had resumed.
The Venoms were to later find their feet but it was a mountain hill of task and according to their manager, this is all primarily on the players.
“First and foremost, we’ve played the game on a pitch wasn’t bad. We dished out the instructions to the players but they did not heed to them,” Golola told www.football-256.com.
“We realised this later on after conceding two goals and that’s when the players started playing according to the game plan.”
“We needed to attack from the word go and kill off the game becasue failure to which, we normally have a hard time as we do win our games mainly in the 1st half as seen in our wins against Bright Stars and Express.”
Clearly coach Golola was a very frustrated man at the end of it all and he was never afraid to air out his thought.
“What’s next is we won’t relent on the title push, we’ve lost this game but in the next match we’ll have to plan and make sure to get back to the top.”
“We could have lost this game because of a bit of complacency and I’ll have to emphasize this to the players in training that there’s no weak team in the league as we’ve seen today.”
Vipers may have had their fair say in this title race but as the games go by, their destiny keeps slipping away from them.
And now with a four point gap being KCCA, all they can keep doing for now is win their games and hope that KCCA falters somewhere along the course.
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Express 0-0 Mbarara City
Ndejje Lions 2-1 Vipers
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