Untold sums of money spent in the transfer window,3 new coaches in a single season,does this one all result expose the flaws on Viper’s technical road map?
Either way,a lot has changed for the Venoms,much more pressure now pumped into the title race,but not the ironical fact that Vipers had to field only 6 of 11 that were part of their 2017/2018 league triumph and only 1 of the 7 in the dug out.
And then,they came deployed in all possible shapes to suppress any KCCA flow through midfield albeit it had to come at the expense of sacrificing the unique touch from their most talented player-Moses Waiswa at the bottom of fielding winger Innocent Wafula at the behind right to at times operate as an auxiliary winger and ironically leaving their talisman Dan Sserunkuma to catch proceeds on the bench.
Approaching their biggest domestic test with appropriate verve and purpose. They knew they didn’t have to look optical-of course they haven’t this season-but most importantly needed to pick three points to keep themselves within 1 of the Kasasiros-they couldn’t.
Not even an early injury blow from Halid Lwaliwa who brings much discipline at the back could put a dent in their tactical plan by halftime and it was Brian Nkuubi who pounced on a loose ball after a blocked shot by Hamis Kizza to give the venoms a deserved lead.
But the hosts didn’t want to leave it cheap,two changes at the tip off of the second half(Patrick Kaddu and Gift Ali) and an avalanche was turned on. Five minutes into the second period, Vipers lost possession inside their own half, Patrick Kaddu played a quick one to Okello who rolled it through for Mike Mutyaba, took a first time shot to claim parity with his 3rd in 2 games.
Then momentum shifted to the home side,first,Kizza cheaply took the ball from Ndugwa with the winger aiming into the 18 yards box,squared a shot one to Okello, connected to Kasozi for a wide cross pass to the right of Kaddu who drove inside for a shot to the side net.
Another fell to Muzamir Mutyaba after one-two stuff between Okello and Mike who lofted a lovely one for a shot that was shoved high by goalie Ochan. Ultimately,the game could have been decided from two close attempts,one that Allan Okello miscued high and a one on one for Brian Nkuubi who opted for an over powered chip-shot over stopper Charles Lukwago.
In the end it felt like a failed shot at redemption for the defending champions as they look ahead to travel away thrice at(Mbarara City,Police,Paidha Black Angels) in their last 5 outings. No team wouldn’t brag for being were KCCA are now-at the top of the summit and should Vipers find themselves up by the end of May,football would have presented a perfect miss-norma.