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Kakooza, Ocen Strikes Resurrect Police’s Survival Hopes

Uganda Premier League | Match day 25 

URA FC 1-2 Police 

Wakiso Giants 0-0 Vipers SC

Strikers, Derrick Kakooza and Ben Ocen were on target as Police registered a morale-boosting win to condemn URA (1-2) and re-awaken their league survival hopes away in Ndejje on Friday.

URA could have claimed at least a point but Daniel Isiagi failed to convert a penalty.

Kakooza drew first blood just after ten minutes of play, to put the Cops in the lead before the hosts would miss the penalty after Michael Birungi was brought down in the area.

However, URA’s efforts paid off as former Police FC midfielder, Hassan Kalegga drew matters level 12 minutes later.

In the 79th minute, Ben Ocen the visitor’s lead, subjecting URA to their first home defeat since shifting from Namboole at the start of the second round.

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Ocen’s strike saw him move level on goals (12 goals) with Vipers’ Fahad Bayo, only a goal below Maroons’ top scorer, Steven Mukwala.

The defeat keeps URA positioned 5th on 40 points while Police jumps from the relegation zone dislodging Maroons in 13th with 25 points.

Team Lineups

URA FC

Nafian Alionzi, Ashraf Mandela, Patrick Mboowa, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Brian Majwega, Hassan Kalega Gaata, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafiq Kagimu, Joackim Ojera, Michael Birungi, Daniel Isiagi

Substitutes: Michael Kagiri (G.K), Ronald Kigongo, Hudu Mulikyi, Mikidadi Ssenyonga, Ivan Ntege, Cromwel Rwothomio, Anwaru Ntege

Police 

Davis Mutebi, Denis Rukundo, Joseph Sentume, Timothy Oyamo, Ben Ocen, Bashir Kabuye, Samuel Kayongo, Henry Katongole, Samson Kigozi, Musa Matovu, Derrick Kakooza

Substitutes:Subs: Alfred Ginyera (G.K), Arafat Galiwango, Pius Kaggwa, Fahad Kizito, Tonny Kiwalazi Tonny,Slyvester Ssemakula, Hood Kaweesa Ssebirumbi

Elsewhere, ten man Vipers and Wakiso Giants fired blanks in a rain marred encounter played at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso.

Fahad Bayo was sent off by referee, Shamira Nabadda after an intended handball in the opponent’s half.

Vipers failed to stretch their lead at the top as the result puts them on 54 points with fellow title contenders, KCCA lying 2nd on 54 points.

Wakiso Giants goes on to 30 points in the 10th position.

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