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Vipers SC captain Halid Lwaliwa lifts the UPL after Vipers was crowned champions for the fifth time | Photo by Francis Isano (Sanyuka TV)

Vipers SC reach fifth heaven

Vipers SC were able to celebrate their StarTimes Uganda Premier League title by lifting the title in front of thousands of their fans at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.

The Venoms – who had long been confirmed as champions – signed off from the season with another dominant performance over a sorry Police FC on the final day of the 2021/22 season.

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions in December, Vipers were able to celebrate their fifth league title in front of their fans after their previous title in 2020 was mutely celebrated.

It was an emotionally draining and bitter day for Police FC captain Tony Mawejje who bid farewell to football but saw his side be on the receiving end of a five-goal maul in Kitende.

Mawejje will be retiring after 19 years of dedicated service that have seen him go from a local lad in Masaka to playing in Europe, Asia, and at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

But he could not save his side for which he won the 2006 CECAFA Club title from another humbling defeat and eventual relegation from the top flight after 27 years.

Vipers took the lead in the sixth minute – incidentally the period officially allocated for a stoppage to award Mawejje a standing ovation – through Milton Karisa’s easy finish at the far post.

The hosts added a second after 52 minutes, Karisa finishing below Ikara after Bobosi Byaruhanga’s long ball had caught the keeper off his line but bounced off the crossbar.

Byaruhanga got in on the act two minutes later and then completed a double in the 71 minutes before Yunus Ssentamu scored his 13th goal of the season.

The fans certainly made their presence felt throughout the afternoon adding colour to the ceremony even singing Mawejje’s name in appreciation.

The atmosphere the fans generated inspired the team and none left before the post-match ceremony which saw Halid Lwaliwa become the second club captain to lift the league title on two occasions.

Vipers will hope there will be no celebratory hangovers as they continue to chase a league and couple double.

They will face BUL FC in the Uganda Cup final on June 12 at the Masindi Stadium as the two face off in consecutive Uganda Cup finals.

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