By Denis Turyahebwa
Just a day after signing a mega sponsorship deal with Plascon paints, the Venoms thumped Bright star 2-0 at the home Grounds to return to the top of the table of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League following Express’ short-lived occupation of the position.
Vipers came into this game well aware that the red eagles had won their match on Tuesday and were at the top so Kajoba’s boys needed to win and reclaim their top spot.
Half time ended in a goalless stalemate but the Venoms had made efforts on goal that yielded no fruits. Dangerman Yunus Ssentamu had pulled off an acrobatic volley in the 20th minute but went wide.
Paul Mucurezi curled in a free kick in the 30th minute but Ssentamu again tapped it wide before he again powered ahead over the bar in the 35th minute from a free-kick again by Mucurezi.
Two minutes later Orit got a chance to put the hosts in the lead but shot with the weak foot to help the keeper save comfortably.
After the break, the venoms came back focussed and hungry for goals. It took 15minutes into the second half for Cesar Manzoki to break the deadlock with a brilliant tap-in.
Goalscorer Manzoki and Mucurezi were subbed off for Allan Kayiwa and Muhammad Shaban in the 70th minute. The substitutes changed the tempo of the game and made dangerous attempts on goal but the keeper was the hero for the visitors.
However, Jamil Kalisa sealed the victory for the Venoms after slotting home the second in the dying minutes to make it 2-0 at Full time.
Elsewhere where Mahmood Hassan’s Hattrick secured three points for the corps against the Ankole Lions in a 3-1 Victory.
Hassan found the back of the net in the 43rd, 61st, and 68th minutes, and a treble was complete to help Abdallah Mubiru’s side secure a win however, Jude Ssemugabi had put Mbarara city in the lead in the 26th minute.
Two minutes later, Mubiru made a shocking double substitution pulling off Duncan Seninde and Muwada Mawejje for Herman Waswa and Mubarak Nsubuga.
The victory puts the corps in fourth place with 23rd points just four points away from the top and they will play against SC Villa away from her in their next fixture.