Vipers 4-0 Police
Vipers finally got out of the blocks on Tuesday, hammering Police 4-0 at Nakivubo to go second in the Azam Uganda Premier League standings with four points. They trail leaders KCCA by two after as many games.
New signings Ibrahim Kayiwa, two-goal hero Tony Odur and Musa Esenu all scored as coach Abdallah Mubiru registered his first win in charge of the two-time champions.
Vipers came into this tie on the back of a 1-1 stalemate with Bright Stars, and were looking to quickly get to winning ways, while Sam Timbe’s Police were desperate for their first goal of the campaign.
Only Vipers reached their aim. With panache. Kayiwa, a signing from Express, bossed the midfield with Keziron Kizito sitting in front of the backline, while Odur and Esenu kept the cops defence second-guessing themselves throughout.
It was not long before the hosts took the lead, Odur – making a second stint at Vipers -, tapping home a low cross from the right on 15 minutes.
The stage was set for the game’s best constructed goal. Kayiwa picked the ball from his half, evading two Police players before releasing the willing Odur down the right.
Kayiwa never stopped, continuing his run as Odur glanced up to ensure his partner was in line.
And when jersey 7 crossed, Kayiwa was just in the right place to connect home with his left to send the few hundreds of fans and the pavilion into applause.
With Vipers 2-0 up after 42, Sam Timbe’s cops would have done with the break, but not before Odur completed his brace with verve; the striker emerging from nowhere to thump the ball past Police goalkeeper Davis Mutebi, and in, after the visitors failed to clear their lines.
Esenu, an arrival from Soana, completed the thrashing on 77 minutes, burying skipper Nicholas Wadada’s cross from the right to Vipers delight.