Vipers Coach Michael Nam Ouma has claimed that the title race is still open, after his side finished the first round in second place.

The Venoms, are now five points below leaders KCCA FC (36 pts) and the defending champions will have to better their performance if they are to defend their league crown.

Vipers have failed to win their last two games – The side drew with URA and Mbarara City on Friday and Sunday respectively.

Its a margin that is reachable, the league race is still open,” Nam told Journalists after the team’s 1-1 draw with Mbarara City on Sunday.

We are just five points from top, there are still more games to play for, we just have to concentrate on winning our games. Everyone still has a chance.”

Vipers, still unbeaten, have won eight games and shared spoils seven times. The club has scored 22 goals and conceded ten. Vipers sit three points above Mbarara in third.

Mzee Sserunkuma Dan put Ouma’s charges in the lead but they couldn’t hold on for their first victory since bowing out of the CAF Confederation Cup. Paul Mucureezi taped in at close range to deny Vipers maximum points.

Speaking about the draw, he revealed:

We started a game on a high note and managed to score early on, but it had to do with fatigue as we have now played two matches, the players had a long way from Tunisia and I can’t blame them, they have done a good job.

The boys tried, they pressed but it didn’t come out the way we wanted. It happens when you play back to back games. We didn’t have enough fire power to gun down the opponents.”

Vipers will start their second round campaign on Friday against Kirinya Jinja SS at St Mary’s Stadium Kitende.

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