Football

UPL: URA Go Top as KCCA Stutter Again

• KCCA FC 1-2 URA FC

Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) went to the top of the Uganda Premier League log after a 1-2 away win against KCCA at the MTN Omondi stadium, Lugogo on Friday.

URA’s third successive victory came through Benjamin Nyakoojo and captain Shafik Kagimu strikes which turned Brian Aheebwa’s goal into a mere consolation.

KCCA began the match on a high dominating the proceedings as Aheebwa, Sam Ssenyonjo and Dennis Iguma paused threats to the opponents.

Head coach Sam Simbwa called for early changes and made double substitutions, withdrawing midfielder Julius Mutyaba and left back Arafat Galiwango for Moses Sseruyidde and Ivan Sserubiri respectively inside the first 25 minutes.

In the 26th minute, lanky forward Brian Aheebwa put KCCA in the driving seat after nodding home a Sam Ssennyonjo headed assist though Andrew Kigozi Samson deserved the credit for his donkey work.

Five minutes later, URA drew matters level thanks to gangly defender Benjamin Nyakoojo’s reflex header off Sseruyidde’s curling corner kick from the right flank.

On the 34th minute mark, robust midfielder Sserubiri Ivan failed to double URA’s lead when his attempt from the penalty mark went over the cross bar.

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The penalty kick resulted from a foul on onrushing Sseruyidde in box by defender Herbert Achai which left center referee Alex Muhabi with no option but pointing to the spot.

Two minutes later, Shafik Kagimu accomplished the mission and put the visitors in the lead when he met Joachim Ojera’s pass in the area to shoot on the far post past goalkeeper Charles Lukwago.

After recess, Italian midfielder Stephen Loro Mazengo paved way for debutant Bright Anukani as Steven Serwadda replaced towering forward Kigozi for KCCA.

In the 79th minute, Dada Ibrahim replaced second goal scorer and skipper Kagimu before Ojera’s attempt went wide.

The hosts soldiered on and pushed for an equalizer but attempts from Anukani, Sserwadda, Sennyonjo, and top scorer Aheebwa (6 goals) were dealt with by goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi who resorted to time wasting tactics up to the final whistle.

URA now leapfrogs Police from the summit counting 11 points from five games. KCCA after their second consecutive defeat remains 3rd on ten points.

Team Lineups

KCCA FC

Charles Lukwago (GK), Dennis Iguma, Hassan Musana, Herbert Achai, Peter Magambo, Stephen Loro Mazengo, Keziron Kizito, Ashiraf Mugume, Brian Aheebwa, Andrew Kigozi Samson, Sam Sennyonjo

Substitutes: Hassan Matovu (GK), Bright Anukani, Gift Ali, Steven Serwadda, Joseph Kafumbe, Musa Ramathan, Samuel Kato

URA FC

Nafian Alionzi (GK), Ashiraf Mandela, Arafat Galiwango, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Patrick Mbowa, Shafik Kagimu, Julius Mutyaba, Saidi Kyeyune, Brian Majwega, Joachim Ojera, Steven Mukwala

Substitutes: Hannington Sebwalunyo, Moses Sseruyidde, Ivan Sserubiri, Ronald Kigongo, Mickidad Ssenyonga, Ibrahim Dada, Hudu Mulikyi

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