UPL: Vipers kick off the season with a draw

Vipers SC started their StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) title defense with a one-all draw against Wakiso Giants in a match played on Saturday.

This was Vipers’ first game in the 2020/2021 campaign as they were involved in the Caf Champions League.

Unfortunately, they got eliminated by Al-Hilal of Sudan on a 2-0 aggregate scoreline.

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Vipers Joseph Dhata in action

On their return for league duties, Fred Kajoba’s cahrges found the going tough against Wakiso.

Kajoba handed debuts to left-back Disan Galiwango and Jamil Kalisa.

However, it was Wakiso who threatened to take the lead as new signing Pius Kaggwa, also starting in his first match, hit the woodwork will a well-taken free-kick in the fifth minute.

The missed chance sounded like a warning to Vipers who responded with a goal in the seventh minute as Galiwango delivered a corner which was met superbly by Muhammad Shaban’s header for the opener.

The teams headed into the half-time break with Vipers leading by a solitary goal but it was the home team who looked more threatening on resumption as they sought to draw level.

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Wakiso Giants’ players celebrating

Their relentless efforts were rewarded in the 65th minute when Viane Sekajugo scored to make the score 1-1. The goal forced coach Kajoba to make his first change for Vipers, as Ibrahim Orit replaced the off-colour Paul Mucureezi.

Vipers also made another change as Geoffrey Wasswa came on for Jamil Kalisa and immediately they missed another chance as Ibrahim Orit’s effort went inches wide.

The Venoms continued to look for a winner but it was Wakiso who held on to pick a vital point.

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