The 2016/17 Azam Uganda Premier League kicked off on Friday 19th August 2016 with 8 match day 1 fixtures.
It was a bright start for the defending champions, Kampala Capital City Authority FC and last season’s third palced Express FC .
KCCA FC registered a 2-1 victory over visiting Jinja Municipal Council Hippos with the newly crowned UPL Most Valuable Player (MVP), Joseph Ochaya leading the way with the opening goal at the newly laid astro turf of the Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo in Kampala
Viane Sekajugo, formerly at The Saints equalized with a wonderful strike lobbing effort past goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan.
Veteran striker, Geofrey Sserunkuma nodded home the winner to justify age is just a number and old is gold.
At the Mutesa II stadium, Express FC defeated JMC Hippos 2-1 to triumph in the Wankulukuku derby.
Karim Ndugwa scored the opening goal for Lweza FC before a brace from Herman Wasswa won the day for the Red Eagles.
In the city center at Nakivubo stadium, Vipers SC shared the spoils with Lato Milk and Fero Mobile sponsored Bright Stars FC in a 1 all draw encounter.
New signing Fred Ssegujja from Sadolin FC opened Bright Stars’ lead in the 40th minute of the game but Ibrahim Kayiwa slotted home the equalizer for Vipers SC.
The rest of the games ended in goalless draws.
Police football club held Sports Club Villa at Kavumba Stadium on a well attended evening.
Onduparaka, Kirinya-Jinja S.S and Proline, all promoted last season from the FUFA Big league forced goal-less results against Soana, Uganda Revenue Authority and BUL football clubs respectively.
The league resumes on Tuesday, 23rd August 2016 with all the 16 clubs in action.
All Results on the opening day:
KCCA FC 2-1 JMC Hippos
Express FC 2-1 Lweza FC
SC Vipers 1-1 Bright Stars FC
Police Fc 0-0- Sc Villa Jogoo
The Saints FC 0-0 Sadolin
BUL FC 0-0 Proline FC
Kirinya Jinja SS 0-0 URA FC
Onduparaka FC 0-0 Soana FC