Thursday, November 8
JMC Hippos 1-1 Wakiso Giants
Wakiso Giants and JMC Hippos played out to a 1-1 draw in the FUFA Big League Matchday two encounter played at Kakindu Stadium in Jinja.
Following a goalless first half, George Nsimbe put the hosts in the driving seat before Ivan Kiweewa leveled matters for Giants as both sides settled for a point.
However, Wakiso left Jinja feeling hard done by the day’s centre referee after cancelling their goal in the closing stages of the game.
“We didn’t win the game today due to many reasons,” said Wakiso Giants coach Ibrahim Kirya shortly after the game.
He added: “We started a bit slow and settled late in the game. We have to work harder, especially with the defence.”
On the disallowed goal, he noted: “That was a legitimate goal anyday, but the referee cancelled it and I have nothing else to add on his decision.”
The purple Sharks go to two points from as many games. The side opened up with a two all draw in Lira against Amuka Bright Stars.
The draw leaves JMC with four points as the side had earned a 1-0 win over Bukedea Town Council in their league opener.
How Drama Unfolded
Wakiso Giants are yet to live the billing depending on their performance in their friendlies and marquee signings in the transfer window, many pundits predicted an easier run for Wakiso in the big league which may now prove to be a tall order. However, the league is still in its morning.
Coach Kirya made two changes from the starting team that picked a point in Lira.
Goalkeeper Robert Ssaka and James Kasibante (left winger) were dropped for Ivan Mutumba and Clinton Kamugisha in the starting eleven.
Both sides had a slow start to the game – Wakiso Giants tried to play a passing game which proved impossible on a rugged Kakindu surface.
Veteran forward Crespo Asiku was the threat for the Hippos as he bombarded from the left flank but none of his threats produced any fruits.
Wakiso Giants lost Suleiman Jjingo through injury and had to be replaced by Ivan Kiweewa four minutes to the break.
There was a penalty appeal for the visitors when a JMC defender handled the ball in the area but referee waived for play on before the teams were sent to the restrooms with nothing to show.
JMC came back in the second stanza with a positive intent but proved wasteful, too. Nazir Sserwadda could have broken the deadlock but his effort, with keeper off his line, kissed the bar before wobbling out for a goal kick.
Sharif Ziraba replaced Ayub Kisalita for Giants as coach Kirya tred out fresh legs.
A minute before the hour mark, JMC capitalised on Wakiso’s lapse in the defence for George Nsimbe to slot home the opener.
Kasule Abdu Karim later paved way for Daff Lubobi in Wakiso’s last substitution.
Otwar Abubaker later brought down Feni Ali in the area for the referee to point on the spot – Kiweewa sent Andrew Ssekandi in the wrong direction as the visiting fans went into wild celebrations.
In the closing minutes, Wakiso’s Clinton Komugisha was pulled in the area before he staggered on to score in an empty net but the referee cancelled the goal and awarded the hosts a freekick.
Next for Wakiso is a home game against Kataka FC at Bugembe Stadium on November 15.
JMC Hippos XI
Andrew Ssekandi, Umar Kyeyune, Derrick Basoga, Peter Musoke, Abubaker Utwar, Farouk Magumba, Alexander Makoowe, Moses Bataali, Crespo Asiku, Nazir Sserwadda, George Nsimbe.
Wakiso Giants XI
Ivan Mutumba, Kateregga Muwadda, Hassan Wasswa, Fahad Kawooya, Suleiman Jjingo, Richard Kigozi, Clinton Kamugisha, Ayub Kisalita, Ali Feni, Isaac Ntege, Abdu Karim Kasule.
Big League Match Day 2 Results in full:
*Bumate United 0-2 Kiboga Young
*Proline 3-1 Ntinda United
Dove 1-0 Kitara
*Kira United 1-2 Kabale Sharp
*Kataka 0-0 Bukedea Town Council
*Entebbe 1-2 Light S.S.S
*Jinja Municipal Council (JMC) Hippos 1-1 Wakiso Giants
*Doves All Stars 1-0 UPDF