Vipers stave-off Kirinya Jinja SS to close in on leaders KCCA

Tito Okello (L) congratulated by Taddeo Lwanga and Dan Sserunkuma after scoring against Kirinya Jinja SS

Vipers SC moved within three points of leaders KCCA FC following a 1-0 victory over visiting Kirinya Jinja SSS at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Friday.

Forward Tito Okello scored the all-important goal five minutes to recess when he finished off from an Abraham Ndugwa cross, with the goal eventually enough to propel the defending Champions to earn maximum points, and significantly reduce the six-point gap between them and leaders KCCA FC to three points.

KCCA FC has 37 point s while pursuers Vipers moved to 34 points as the two horse race shapes up.

The home side wasn’t at their best per se, like it has been the norm in the recent past, but managed to scrape past the Students side who also looked average for larger spells.

The home side dominated the early exchanges throwing everything to Kirinya’s retreating defenders with Tito Okello spanning various chances.

Vipers eventually found the breakthrough when Okello slotted past Kirinya goalie Emmanuel Rubankene with a tap in off Abraham Ndugwa’s cross to spark of widespread ululations from the home end.

The home side went into recess one-nil up and Kirinya never fought back. Hotshot Joel Madondo on a few occasions looked lively for the visitors and caused meagre havoc at times, but he was an isolated figure up front and simplified the work of Vipers’defenders.

The loss for Kirinya, who forced Vipers SC to a 2-all draw in the reverse first round fixture, marked a losing debut to newly appointed head coach Abbey Bogole Kikomeko. The CAF licensed coach took over the reins on Thursday, 24 hours to be precise, ahead of the daunting trip to Kitende replacing Charles Ayiekho.

However, Vipers negotiated the dying embers of the game with a man down after defender Ibrahim Kiyemba was sent for an early shower by referee Brian Nsubuga for time wasting. Kiyemba’s dismissal meant that he became the second Vipers player this season to be sent off after skipper Tadeo Lwanga.

Victory saw Vipers go to 34 points in the second position while Kirinya keep in 11th after registering their fifth loss of the season.

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