December 9, 2021

SUPL: A weekend featuring the fastest goal, Lwanga’s late magic and much more

By Brian Aheebwa
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KCCA FC manager Morley Byekwaso (in white) mobbed by his players after their winner against UPDF at Lugogo | Bata Images

Matchday six of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League had quite several attractive moments from when it started on Friday until it climaxed on Saturday.

Football256’s Brian Aheebwa takes you through those eye catching events from nearly all the eight games played.

Wakiso Giant 3-0 Tooro

When Wakiso Giants hosted Tooro United at the Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium on Friday, on form Titus Ssematimba scored the fastest goal so far this season when he gave the home team the lead in just a minute after kick off.

He later on completed his brace taking his tally to four goals all coming in the last two games having also managed a double against SC Villa. Ivan Bogere netted the other as the Purple Sharks defeated Tooro 3-0.

However, the start of this game was delayed when members of the Tooro Techncial team were denied access to the technical area by the match officials, because they lacked bench permits.

They in the first place refused to vacate the playing arena hence the delay. But after, they left after they were notified that they may lose the game by forfeit.

Head coach Edward Golola and his technical team had to camp around one of the corner flags in their own half as an alternative, leaving only the team doctor in the technical area.

KCCA 2-1 UPDF

KCCA FC striker Charles Lwanga (L) and team physiotherapist Ivan Ssewanyana celebrate their winner against UPDF | Photo by KCC FC

In an attempt to win their first game at Lugogo and also condemn table leaders KCCA to their first loss of the season on Friday, UPDF took the lead as early as the fourth minute through Frank Yiga.

The visitors hung on their 1-0 advantage for over 85 minutes and when it seemed likely that they were headed for a memorable victory, substitute Charles Lwanga headed in an equalizer for the Kasasiro Boys in the 88th minute.

The same player would later pull off the magic scoring a stoppage time winner for the home team. The party began in the stands as the KCCA fans could not believe what they were seeing after the game ending 2-1 in their favour.

Onduparaka 1-0 Police

There was a lot of drama in Arua from kick off until the end of the game between Onduparaka and Police on Saturday.

It all started when two members on the away team’s technical bench were sent off and one of them being head coach Abdullah Mubiru.

The other red card was given to midfielder Yusuf Ssozi towards the end of the first half meaning the Cops received three red cards all together.

Despite being a man down, the visitors hung on and thought they should have at least gone home with a point.

That was not the case after Emmanuel Oketch broke their hearts at the death mark for the Caterpillars to win 1-0.

Police’s Mubiru was left an unpleased man following the events of the game. “There was a lot of unfairness right from the appointment of the match officials, why would all of them come from the same region?”

“We were denied two clear penalties, red cards were misused, and also, why would we play for ten instead of the five added minutes?” Mubiru stressed, citing unfairness.

As if that was not enough, the 2005 SUPL champions spent a night on the roadside inside their team bus after a mechanical problem in Pakwach district.

URA 2-2 BUL

BUL FC | Photo by BUL FC

For the second time in a row, URA gave away a two-goal lead, first it was against Arua Hill on match day four as they lost the game 3-2 in Arua. This time around they drew 2-2 against BUL in their own backyard on Saturday.

Steven Mukwala scored in the third minute before captain Shafik Kagimu added another at the restart of the second half.

The visitors would then take over control of the game, Musa Esenu pulled a goal back in the 59th minute before Joseph Ssemujju completed a comeback in the 85th minute from a penalty.

Express 0-0 Villa

SC Villa’s Travis Mutyaba (M) tries to beat his Express markers in the UPL tie at Wankulukuku | Bata Images

The Kampala Derby between Express and Villa was on Saturday, but did not live up to the hype more so on the host side as an inexperienced Villa frustrated them in the barren draw at Wankulukuku.

Mbarara 1-2 Vipers

Vipers SC players Halid Lwaliwa (L) and Aziz Kayondo (R) join Bobosi Byaruhanga (M) in celebration after his goal against Mbarara City | Photo by Vipers SC

On Friday, Vipers went to Kakyeka and edged Mbarara City 2-1 thanks to goals from Bobosi Byaruhanga and Ankole Lions’ ex-player Ibrahim Orit. That was their second ever away win against Mbarara who scored through Pistis Barenge.

The last time the Venoms won in Mbarara was in 2017 when the Ankole Lions had just been promoted to the SUPL and that was also the first meeting between the two sides.

Gaddafi 1-0 Arua Hill

Gaddafi FC players join striker Brian Kalumba (2nd R) in celebration | Gaddafi Image

The two newly promoted sides Gaddafi and Arua Hill faced off on Friday at the Gaddafi Arena in Jinja.

It was also Peter Onen’s first game as Gaddafi’s head coach since taking over from Abdul Mubarak Wamboya and the Soldier Boys gave him a perfect start of his tenure, winning 1-0.

The Kongolo defender Rashid Toha scored an own goal off Brian Kalumba’s effort from a freekick.

The victorious side showed character, they held on to their lead despite Franco Onen being sent off towards the end of the first half.

Busoga 0-0 Bright Stars

There was nothing much to talk about in the game between Busoga United and Bright Stars as they all fired blanks.

It was the first game for Simon Mugerwa who was named head coach on interim basis following the sacking of Baker Mbowa, it was also their first clean sheet of the season.

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