Peter Onen has started off his Gadaffi reign as head coach with an impressive 1-0 win against Arua Hill, thanks to Brian Kalumba’s early goal.
The tactician’s experience was displayed as he managed a ten-man team to a hard-fought and well-earned victory over a relentless Arua Hill side coached by Livingstone Mbabazi.
For 45 minutes, the Soldier Boys showed character, they fought on with a man less as Frank Onen was red carded for a second bookable offence following a reckless challenge on Allan Mugalu, he had earlier been booked in the 25th minute.
Kalumba gave the Soldier Boys the lead in in in less than half an hour at the Gadaffi Arena and they held onto it for the entire game.
The forward scored directly from a free-kick in the 24 minute, moments after Arua Hill’s Faizul Ibrahim was booked for a foul on a Gaddafi player just outside the box.
For a moment, it looked more like an own goal as Rashid Toha appeared to have fluffed the ball into his own net, but the referee Richard Kimbowa confirmed Kalumba as the goal scorer.
Gaddafi climbed up to sixth on the 16 team table with eight points and will visit BUL FC for their next game on Sunday, November 28.
Whereas Arua Hill who remained on seven points and dropped to eighth place shall host log leaders KCCA next on Friday, November 26.
How both teams lined up
Gadaffi: Ronald Mutebi, Jamaldine Buchochera, Hassan Musana, Paul Musamali, Andrew Waiswa, Frank Onen, Yunusu Sibira, Umaru Kyeyune, James Otim, Faisal Muwawu and Brian Kalumba.
Subs: Paul Mujampwani, Bakali Magumba, Willis Otong, Joel Madondo, Ronald Bithum, Alex Kitata, Frank Mulimi and Deo Mulondo.
Arua Hill starting XI: Richard Anyama, Richard Matovu, Rashid Toha (C), Ibrahim Magandaazi, Geriga Atendele, Ibrahim Faizul, David Ndihabwe, Allan Mugalu, Samuel Ssekamatte, Robert Eseru and Sharif Ssaaka
Subs: Rodgers Omedwa, Muhamad Rashid, Gadaffi Wahab, Gadaffi Gadinho, Innocent Maduka, Ivan Eyamu and Bright Vuni