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UPL: Controversy Highlights KCCA FC Win Against BUL FC


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Whereas KCCA FC sealed maximum against BUL FC on Wednesday in Lugogo but that came with the highlight being the manner in which the win came.

Referees Shamira Nabadda and her assistant Musa Balikowa were either right or wrong on KCCA FC first goal scored by Patrick Kaddu.

Besides that, second half substitute Suleiman Mutyaba’s would be third goal from a well struck free kick wasn’t counted by the match officials.

Kaddu broke the deadlock in the 68th minute stealing the ball from goalkeeper Hanninton Ssebwalunyo’s possession.

What does the law say?
While the ball is in the possession of the goalkeeper, it cannot be played by an opponent. Any attempt to do so may be punished by a direct free kick. “In the possession of the goalkeeper” is defined as the goalkeeper having the ball trapped between one hand and a surface (which may include the other hand, the ground, a goalpost, or the keeper’s own body).

International Board Decision Two of Law 12 emphasizes that the hand includes any part of the hand or arm. However, as stated in the Advice to Referees on the Laws of the Game (Advice 12.16 and 12.17), the goalkeeper is also considered to be in possession of the ball while bouncing it on the ground or while throwing it into the air. Possession is given up if, while throwing the ball into the air, it is allowed to strike the ground.


Substitute Mutyaba tapped home at the near post to double KCCA FC lead. However moments later, his well struck free kick that ricocheted off the crossbar and crossed the goal line according to TV replays.

The win takes KCCA FC six pointers clear ahead of second placed Vipers SC. BUL FC remain fourth on 30 points.

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