No room for blinking in the UPL top fight

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By Ali Mutanje

There are 6 games to the end of the Uganda Premier League season  and the top 3 are locked in a tight title fight.

Leaders URA, chasers Vipers and outsiders Express all had tricky tests in match day 23 last weekend as they faced Police FC, SC Villa and UPDF respectively. 

URA, Vipers and Express are separated by a point from one another with 6 games to play leaving no room for error for any of the 3 sides. 

URA are top with 54 points followed by Vipers on 53 and Express 52 after the 24 games played by each of the teams. 

URA FC overcome pressure to win 3-1

After conceding a late equalizer against Vipers in their previous game, URA learned a lesson. They had to score early and defend better towards the end of matches and so they did. 

Against a Police side on the weekend, Steven Mukwaya hit a ball on a half volley from a tight angle to put the tax collectors ahead. 

He later did the donkey work for Joachim Ojera to slot in URA’s second before Cromwell Rwothomio converted Ashraf Mandela’s cross to stretch the lead to 3-0. 

Police FC’s Fahad Kizito came from the bench to score a consolation goal for the cops in a losing effort. Police ended the day in 6th position suffering their 3rd loss in 4 games. 

Vipers keep the pressure on URA with similar win against Jogoos

The reigning champions were dominant against SC Villa. Knowing only a win will keep them in the title race. They scored early in the 27th minute through Bobosi Byaruhanga. 

Yunus Ssentamu side footed in his 15th goal of the season after tricky footwork on the right by Paul Mucuruzi to extend Vipers lead to 2. 

Caesar Manzoki went through to goal but was tripped by Jogoos’ defender Gavin Kizito who received his matching orders and Vipers were awarded a free kick that led to their third goal. 

Express still in the mix 

Hassan Wasswa’s charges were resilient at Wankulukuku to secure a 1-0 win and tag themselves behind URA and Vipers. 

The red eagles scored an early goal in the 21st minute through an Eric Kambale penalty. UPDF goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa brought down Express forward Godfrey Lwesibawa in the box to concede the penalty. 

Express then resorted to a low block play relying entirely on counter attacks to secure the win with Dan Shaban bagging the man of the match rights in a hard fought win against UPDF. 

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