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Vipers climb top of the UPL table after beating Kitara FC

Vipers SC have moved top of the table with a 2-0 win over Kitara FC at the Masindi Municipal Stadium. A first half own goal by Okello Donato and a late strike for Nigerian forward Abubaker Lawal ensured victory in the anticipated clash.

Vipers took the lead in the 19th minute courtesy of Donato who was unfortunate to deflect the ball into his own net after goalkeeper Chris Kusiima had saved Yunus Sentamu’s initial effort.

The second half saw Kitara show intent for a possible equalizer but couldn’t break the resolute of the Venoms. Brian Aheebwa came close in the 77th minute with a header from Donato’s teasing cross but hit the cross bar before being cleared off the line by Rogers Torach.

In the 86th minute, Lawal, who had come in for Milton Kariisa, perfectly combined with Erick Kambale to break the camel’s back with a thunderous shot.

How the two teams lined up

Kitara FC XI; Chris Kusiima (GK), Max Owachigiu, Hamim Semakula, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Dudu Ramathan, Paddy Muhumuza, Okello Donato, Kabon Living Denis Omedi, Paul Mucureezi, Jude Semugabi

Vipers SC XI; Alfred Mudekereza (GK), Isa Mubiru, Rogers Torach, Ashraf Mandela, Hilary Mukundane, Paul Patrick Mboowa, Frank Katongole, Allan Okello, Milton Kariisa, Yunus Sentamu, Moses Waiswa

Vipers now have 45 points—one more than Kitara FC, who have played one more game—after the much-needed victory.

In their next match, Vipers will host Maroons on Tuesday, April 23, at Kitende, while Kitara will travel to Express FC on Wednesday, April 24, at Wankulukuku.

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