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Vipers SC crowned 2017/18 Azam Uganda Premier League champions, Express FC survives relegation

Vipers SC Champions AUPL 2017/18

Final Match Day Full time scores

  • Vipers SC 4:1 UPDF FC
  • Police FC   2:2 KCCA FC
  • Masavu 0:1 Express FC
  • SC Villa 0:1 BUL FC
  • Onduparaka FC 2:0 Brights Stars FC
  • Proline FC 1:2 URA FC
  • Soana FC 0:0 Maroons FC
  • Mbarara City FC 0:2 KJSSS FC

 

With high anticipation of who to be crowned Azam Uganda Premier League Champion and to be relegated to the second tier league (Big League), match day 30 of 2017/18 season attracted the most attention in the history of the top flight football in the country.

At the St Mary’s Stadium Kitende, Vipers SC came from a goal down to beat a ten man UPDF FC 4:1 to claim the 2017/18 season AUPL Championship.

The army side took a surprise lead through Joseph Janjali capitalizing on goalie Ismael Watenga’s howler in the 24th minute.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo hand over a dame cheque to SC Vipers Captain Nicholas Wadada
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo hands over a 60M UGX dame cheque to Vipers SC Captain Nicholas Wadada as AUPL CEO Bernard Bainamani (L), Vipers SC patron Lawrence Mulindwa (M) and Buganda Sports Minister Henry Ssekabembe (3rd R) look on

With three minutes to half time, the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Midfielder Kisambira Julius was shown matching orders for a second booking before Viper’s left back Yayo Lutimba leveled matters in 45th from Sekisambu’s setup.

After the break, Erisa Sekisambu converted from a penalty to give the Venoms a 2:1 lead sending the home fans wild in the 65th minute. Dan Muzeeyi Serunkuma added the third goal in 82nd minute to take his tally to seventeen (17) goals finishing as league top scorer with substitute Pius Wanji icing the cake with the fourth strike in added minutes.

Vipers SC Captain Wadada lifts the Championship trophy

The Venom’s victory marked the end of UPDF’s life in the top tier league come season 2018/19.

At Bugonga Fisheries Grounds, Alfred Leku’s lone strike in the 59th minute was all that Express FC needed to edge the hard fighting Masavu FC in the battle for relegation survival to the Big League.

Express FC Fans celebrate relegation at Bugonga
Express FC Fans celebrate relegation survival at Bugonga

The result confirmed the Red Eagles’ stay in the league after Proline FC lost to URA FC 2-1 at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo, thanks to Ronald Kigongo’s 64th minute and Shafiq Kagimu’s 86th minute strikes that cancelled out Daniel Isiagi’s 38th minute lead.

At the Mandela National Stadium, title contenders and defending champions KCCA FC shared spoils with Police FC in a two all draw.

Teenage sensational Allan Okello gave KCCA FC the lead in the 26th minute before Norman Ojik equalised for the home side.

Samuel Kayongo made it two for Police FC in the 45th minute and later Patrick Kaddu drew the tie level with a tap in for the visitors in the 83rd minute.

KCCA FC finished runners-up and received a 20M UGX prize money

FUFA 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha hands over a 20M dame cheque to KCCA FC official as as FUFA DCEO(R) looks on
FUFA 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha(C) hands over a 20M dame cheque to KCCA FC officials as as FUFA DCEO Humphrey Mandu (R) looks on

Other match day 30 results, Onduparaka FC 2:0 Brights Stars FC (Goals by Ceaser Okhuti 37′  and Erick Bida 65′) and later Okhuti was sent off,  Soana FC 0:0 Maroons FC (Soana FC missed a penalty) Mbarara City FC 0:2 KJSSS FC (Goals by Kirya Joram 15′  and Musa Esenu 67′), SC Villa 0:1 BUL FC.

Table standings after match day 30

AUPL 2017/18 Table

PosTeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Vipers SC30198350203965
2KCCA FC301710354213361
3Sc Villa Jogoo30169528121655
4Onduparaka FC30139828171148
5Kirinya Jinja SS30128103027343
6Bul FC30116132629-339
7Police FC30116133139-839
8Bright Stars FC3081482426-238
9URA FC30910112628-237
10Maroons FC3061951820-237
11Mbarara City30614101725-832
12Soana FC3088141935-1632
13Express FC3087152531-631
14UPDF3078152141-1929
15Proline FC3077162734-728
16Masavu FC30511141841-2326

Relegated teams;

  • Masavu FC,
  • Proline FC 
  • UPDF

Leading Scorers:

  • Dan Muzeyi Sserunkuma 17 goals Vipers SC
  • Nelson Senkatuka 15 goals Bright Stars Fc
  • Shaban Muhammad 13 goals KCCA FC
  • Milton Karisa 12 goals Vipers SC
  • Martin Kizza 10 goals Sc Villa Jogoo
  • Daniel Opolot Isiagi 10 goals Proline FC
  • Derrick Nsibambi 9 goals KCCA FC
  • Musa Esenu 9 Goals Kirinya Jinja SSS FC
  • Fred Amaku 8 goals Kirinya Jinja SS
  • Viane Sekajugo 8 goals Onduparaka FC

 

Break down of prize money (Total package: Shs 128M):

  • 1 – Shs 60M
    2 – Shs 20M
    3 – Shs 9.6M
    4 – Shs 7M
    5 – Shs 5M
    6 – Shs 4.5M
    7 – Shs 4M
    8 – Shs 3.5M
    9 – Shs 2.8M
    10 – Shs 2.5M
    11 – Shs 2.4M
    12 – Shs 2.3M
    13 – 2.2M
    14 – Shs 1M
    15 – Shs 0.7M
    16 – Shs 0.5M

Main Photo:

Vipers SC Celebrate their championship victory at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende

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