KAMPALA. It had to be Sam Ssimbwa. The URA maverick coach in one way or the other has played a pivotal role in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League title seasaw shift, first by beating KCCA at home and then frustrating Vipers at their backyard on Friday to leave the club he played for and coached on the cusp of wrapping up a 13th league title next month.
After drawing with Nyamityobora and losing to Bright Stars in their last two matches, URA was surprisingly the livelier and more commanding side at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende and deservedly led by two goals courtesy of Shafik Kagimu’s ferocious strike on 25 minutes and Victor Kilama’s calm finish on the the 60th minutes.
By the time substitute Hamis Kiiza pulled one back five minutes later, with a rebound after missing the initial penalty kick, URA we determined to hold on to their second consecutive win at Kitende.
Vipers Kenyan tactician Michael Nam Ouma said: “We tried but we failed. We are going to build next season whether KCCA win or not.Vipers will come back stronger.”
Having failed to impose themselves on the match that would narrow down leaders KCCA’s six-point lead to three with three matches to go, Vipers managers were left to rue the continued absence of injured starters Geoffrey Wasswa, Moses Waiswa, Dan Serunkuma and Halid Lwalilwa.
Mike Mutebi’s side played Express yesterday at Lugogo with a win taking them to nine points ahead of the defending champions.
Then again you can’t take away Ssimbwa’s shine especially now that he has at least beaten all the perceived league heavyweights this term.
“We feel very happy for having won this game, it has been a great show. The strategy we laid has helped us win and we are going to build on that to compete next season,” URA deputy coach George Lutalo said. The Tax collectors are now third with 46 points.
At Mwererwe, Augustine Kacanchu equalised for home side on 69 minutes after Safi Basani had give Police the lead on eight minutes.
UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
Vipers 1-2 URA
Bright Stars 1-1 Police