When the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) resumed last week, champions Vipers had a simple task win two games in hand and ascend to the summit.
They easily skipped the first hurdle – thrashing Myda 7-0 on Saturday. The second one was a much sterner test and they could feel lucky to have left Wankulukuku with a point.
To emphasize that the visitors were fortunate, Express’ coach Wasswa Bbosa was sad after the pulsating 1-all draw. On the balance of play, it was the Red Eagles’ game to lose.
Vipers moved to second on 11 points, one behind leaders UPDF, Express, stuck in sixth on nine. The latter know this was their best chance to accrue a victory in this fixture for the first time since 2016. Godfrey Lwesibawa gave the hosts the lead on 57 minutes, powering home a deflected free kick only for Karim Watambala to equalize within 60 seconds. It was through a marvelous free kick.
Before all this unfolded, Express should have scored twice through Eric Kambale and Lwesibawa during the first half but their profligacy gave visiting coach Fred Kajoba an easier halftime talk.
“We were home and we could have got victory.
“But we conceded a goal we never expected. But this is a league and we will continuing pushing hard results,” Express skipper Enoch Walusimbi said.
“It is true we missed some chances in the first half which could have helped us win but we will ensure we improve and keep our confidence levels high so that we do better in our next game at URA,” he added. Watambala, a returnee to the side having been Uganda Cranes in Cameroon for the African Nations Championship (Chan), was bullish but appreciative.
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“The surface outdid us. It is true we all played on the same surface but they were home.
“They are also a good side. We will take the point,” man-of-the-match Watambala stated.
Despite the despair, Bbosa who took a swipe at the referees for awarding what he thought was “a soft free kick,” wants to look forward.
“We conceded a soft goal but we hope to polish our attack against URA at their home,” Bbosa, a former assistant to current URA coach Sam Ssimbwa, said.
After the goals, both Express and Vipers opted to preserve rather than go for the points.