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UPL: Juma Balinya’s Double Guides Police Past Mbarara

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Police FC 3-1 Mbarara City

Police FC eased past Mbarara City FC with a 3-1 victory in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played on Friday.

Juma Balinya was the star of the day as he scored a brace to add on Pius Kaggwa’s opener for the peace keepers.

Ibrahim Orit had brought one back in the 67th minute when the score was at 2-0, to have the deficit for the visitors.

“Balinya has done a commendable job so I will single out him today for his great performance. He has been driving us from the midfield to the attack,” said Police FC coach Abdullah Mubiru shortly after the game.

“Finishing, that’s one area we have been lacking though we were not very clinical today. Our target is to finish in the top four, we can improve and start rubbing shoulders with the best.”

The victory sends Police FC to seventh on the table with 14 points from nine games.

The visitors temporarily remain in third with 16 points. This was Mbarara’s third loss of the season.


After losing their first three opening league games, Police has now gone six games without a loss – The side has won four and drawn twice.

The side lost to BUL, Paidha and Express FC before picking it’s first league victory over Ndejje on the road. Police went on to beat Nyamityobora before sharing spoils with Maroons in the first league draw of the campaign.

Police who came into the game on the back of a goalless draw with URA in Namboole, had ealier picked maximum points against Tooro on matchday seven.

The loss, ends Mbarara’s impressive run of three victories in a row. The side had beaten up on Villa, Paidha and BUL.

This is Mbarara City’s second loss of the season. Their first came against Nyamityobora in Wankulukuku. Mbarara has won five games and drawn only once (0-0 vs KCCA, Lugogo).

Teams Used:

Police FC XI
Devis Mutebi, Paul Willa, Sadat Kyambadde, Ibrahim Kibumba, Arafat Galiwango, Sam Kayongo, Hassan Kalega, Pius Kaggwa, Ruben Kimera, Norman Ogik and Juma Balinya.

Mbarara City FC Starting XI
Ali Kimera, Steven Othieno, Jasper Ahebwa, Hilary Mukundane, Asuman Alishe, Pistis Balenge, Paul Mucureezi, Steven Kabuye, Ibrahim Orit, Karim Ndugwa and Jude Ssemugabi.

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