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UPL: Kirinya Edge Blunt Nyamityobora to Return to Winning Ways


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Nyamityobora FC 0-0 Kirinya Jinja SS
Muteesa II stadium, Wankulukuku

Kirinya Jinja SS recovered from a heavy defeat against Bright Stars FC over the weekend to return to winning ways.

The Jinja based side secured a hard fought 1-0 win against Nyamityobora FC to pick their first win in three games.

The priceless goal came from substitute Nelson Mandela who came on for injured Godfrey Kasonko midway through the first stanza.

Kirinya Jinja SS were the better team in the first half and went ahead to take a deserved lead. Nyamityobora FC only became better in the second half but failed to find the cutting edge.

As early as the second minute, Joel Madondo tested goalkeeper Hillary Jomi but the shot stopper saved at the near post.

Fred Amaku too came close but his effort inside the area sailed just wide for the visitors.


Kirinya were forced to make a change when skipper Kasonko was stretchered off after sustaining a knee injury in the 24th minute.

He was replaced by Mandela who took no time to announce his arrival. The central midfielder struck home eight minutes after coming on finishing off a long ball from defender Makuro Willy.

Amaku had a glorious chance to double the lead before the break but his strike was parried away by Jomi.

Nyamityobora returned recharged after recess and made several inroads in an attempt to draw the game but Kirinya Jinja SS remained resilient to fend off pressure.

James Odoch, the head coach of the Abanyakare brought on fresh legs in John Wesley Kisakye, Charles Ssebutinde and Ibrahim Massa but their efforts did not pay off.

On the other hand, Charles Ayieko too made changes bringing Jerome Kirya and Yusuf Abaato for Vincent Zziwa and Fred Amaku respectively.

Kirinya had goalkeeper Emmanuel Rubangkene to thank after his acrobatic save in the 85th minute denied defender Calvin Barni from levelling matters off a powerful header.

The win means Kirinya Jinja SS move to ninth place on 9 points while Nyamityobora FC remain 13th on four points.

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