A failure by URA to close out games they dominated last season could be raised as on of the reasons they finished a distant third behind champions KCCA.
Two games into the new season they appear to have already slipped back into the same habit as they fell 3-1 to Wakiso Giants despite dominating at the Wakissha ground yesterday.
The result helped KCCA and Vipers, the other teams that have been mentioned as title contenders open up an early three point advantage.
The champions KCCA ground out a 1-0 away win over Busoga United with Mustafa Kizza’s set piece delivery providing the game’s only goal.
Earlier, Vipers, with whom they have shared the last seven league titles had recorded a similar scoreline after Fahad Bayo’s header 12 minutes from time, downed the hard fighting Tooro at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
Two yellow cards
The game included a couple of flash points as first, referee Brian Nsubuga Miiro had to be reminded by fourth official Alex Muhabi that he had shown Vipers left back two yellow cards before he finally sent him off 10 minutes after issuing the second yellow.
Then Tooro United coach Wasswa Bbosa was also sent off for protesting a 50-50 challenge on substitute Allan Kayiwa that resulted into the goal.
At Wakissha, URA were the architects of the their downfall with defender Benjamin Nyakoojo missing his kick to allow Tom Masiko stab home Wakiso’ opening goal inside the opening two minutes.
Substitute Karim Ndugwa then punished the defender again running onto his under hit pass to complete his brace and Wakiso’s third goal having tapped home the second after more slack defending. The results left KCCA and Vipers as two of the early pace setters with maximum points after the opening two games with Wakiso, URA, Maroons and Kyetume on win each.
Maroons bounced from the opening day 3-0 loss to URA by beating newly promoted Kyetume 1-0 in Luzira, silencing a horde of traveling fans.
Forward Rashid Agau scored the goal just before halftime, when he headed into an empty net from a well taken cross in from the right wing, after Solomon Walusimbi and Eddie Kapampa played a neat one-two.
STARTIMES UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
Vipers 1-0 Tooro United
Busoga United 0-1 KCCA
Express FC 1-1 Bright Stars
Maroons FC 1-0 Kyetume
Wakiso Giants 3-1 URA SC
Additional by Derek Kissa