Giants KCCA and SC Villa earned hard fought wins to keep the race in the title alive and so did Sam Ssimbwa’s Soana but it was another day in office for Vipers.Of the six matches played on Saturday, only one ended in a stalemate as teams returned to action with goals.
At Lugogo, champions KCCA took a two goal lead through on form forwards Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Derrick Nsibambi but Proline drew level as Nelson Senkatuka and Edirisa Lubega scored.
But the brilliance of arguably the best midfielder in the league was on show as Muzamiru Mutyaba netted a screamer to win the game 3-2 for the hosts who now moved to 31 points after 13 games.
The loss saw Proline drop to 13th with 12 points and just a point above the relegation zone.
At Nakivubo, SC Villa ended a seven year wait for victory over Vipers with a late strike to win 2-1 in a dramatic but thrilling game.
Ibrahim Kayiwa headed the hosts in front two minutes to the break but a man of the match performance from Taddeo Lwanga saw him bag a goal to draw the Jogoos level in the 58th minute before winning penalty in additional time.
Vipers’ Ismail Watenga saved from Vitalis Tabu effort but Ambrose Kirya effort off a rebound was too much for him as the visitors registered an important victory that keeps them just four points behind KCCA.
For the two-time champions, the race is all but over for them as they dropped to 5th on 20 points.
Elsewhere, Matia Lule’s reign at Express started with a stalemate as they were frustrated by visiting Sadolin Paints at Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku.
Both sides had chances to win the game with Norman Ogik guilty for missing for the visitors while at the other end, Ibrahim Saddam Juma, Herman Wasswa and Yaffesi Mubiru saw their attempts blocked by the goalie.
Express stayed 8th with 16 points, same as Sadolin Paints but the two are separated by goals scored.
The biggest winners on the day were Soana who pummeled Bul 3-0 at Kakindu to move to third on the log with 23 points.
Willy Kavuma, Patrick Crespo Asiku and Dan Wagaluka scored for Ssimbwa’s side forcing Bul to remain in the red zone with just 11 points.
Police’s resurgence since partying ways with Sam Timbe continued with a morale boosting 3-1 win over JMC Hippos at Kavumba Recreation Ground.
Ben Ocen, Anthony Bongole and Lauben Kimera scored for the Cops who now climb up to 12th with 14 points while Vianney Ssekajugo scored for the visitors who remain looted at the base with just 3 points.
Newly crowned FUFA Player of the Year Muhammad Shaban got his first away goal and thus earned Onduparaka their first win on the road as they edged The Saints 1-0 at Bombo.
The Caterpillars now move to 4th on the table with 21 points whilst Moses Basena’s The Saints stay 10th with 15 points.
The league continues on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Saturday December 3, 2016 Results
Vipers 1-2 SC Villa
The Saints 0-1 Onduparaka
Express 0-0 Sadolin Paints
Police 3-1 JMC Hippos
KCCA 3-2 Proline
Bul 0-3 Soana