July 5, 2022

SUPL Wrap: From four penalties in Fort Portal to a coach undressing on the touchline in Jinja

By Brian Aheebwa
Bright Stars James Angu celebrates one of his goals against Wakiso | Bright Stars Image

Match day eight of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League was quite dramatic with some rare scenes; one of the games had four first half penalties while another saw a coach undressing on the touchline.

Tooro United 2-4 UPDF FC

It was the first time that the Army side were winning an away game against their hosts thanks to Ivan Ahimbisibwe’s brace and two other goals from Frank Yiga and Ambrose Kigozi.

On the other hand, the Pride of Tooro scored through Hussein Mwanje who netted a first half double.

Most notably though, the showdown at Buhinga Play Grounds on Tuesday, had four penalties awarded during the first period.

Each team had two and were all converted in by Ahimbisibwe for UPDF and Mwanje for Tooro for the game to end in a two-all stalemate at the interval.

Busoga 0-1 Arua Hill SC

Despite Alfred Leku scoring the lone goal of the game to hand the Leopards a win, the drama exhibited by the Busoga United head coach Abbey Kikomeko was the biggest highlight of the encounter.

Coming into the game at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Tuesday, Kikomeko was wearing a red shirt which was the same colour the Kongolo were putting on hence a distraction as noticed by the referee.

He was ordered to go down the tunnel and and find an alternative, something he refused to do. Later he swapped his red shirt for a player’s navy blue shirt.

However, in the aftermath of the game, Kiomeko has been fined UGX 500,000 with FUFA noting that he breached FUFA Competition Rules (FCR), Article 31(2) and 31 (2).

The tactician will not take part in any football activities until the payment is cleared. His side’s next game is a visit to Mbarara City FC on December 9.

Onduparaka FC 1-1 Express FC

On Tuesday, Muhammad Shaban gave the hosts the lead when he scored his first goal at the Greenlight since his return at the start of the season which was later on canceled out by Godfrey Lwesibawa for the game to end in a one-all draw.

During the same game, Enoch Ssebaggala who came on as substitute for John Byamukama in the 17th minute, was shown a yellow card with a quarter of and hour left on the clock before he was sent off seven minutes later for a second bookable offence.

Gaddafi FC 1-3 Vipers SC

Midfielder Bright Anukani who has been yearning for his first goal as a Venom finally opened his account with a sumptuous freekick.

Milton Karisa bagged a brace whereas the dreadlocked defender Jamaldine Buchochera scored the consolation goal for the Soldier Boys.

The victory from the Gaddafi Arena on Wednesday, helped the Kitende based side to reclaim their second position on the 16 team log with 16 points from seven outings.

KCCA FC 3-1 BUL FC

Old friends Morley Byekwaso and Alex Isabirye met at Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon and it is the former who came out on top.

Innocent Wafula, Charles Lwanga and usual suspect Davis Kasirye were on target for the Kasasiro Boys while Musa Esenu scored the consolation goal for the visitors.

The Oil Manufactures also missed a penalty when Joseph Ssemujju shot wide and wild over the bar from 12 years with goalkeeper Derrick Ochan beaten.

It was the seventh win in eight games for the 13 time SUPL champions whose unbeaten run continues and on top of the standings with 22 points, six ahead of second placed Vipers who have a game in hand. The two rivals faceoff on Sunday at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Wakiso Giants FC 4-2 Soltilo Bright Stars FC

For the first time since gaining promotion to the top tier in 2019, the Purple Sharks on Tuesday at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium beat Soltilo Bright Stars thanks to a 4-2 victory.

Prior to that game the two sides had met four times, shared spoils thrice whilst Bright Stars won the other.

It was a game of goals from the onset, James Angu scored a first half brace for the visitors while Edward Satulo and Ivan Bogere were also on target for the hosts in the same stanza.

Bright Stars’ Derrick Ngoobi scored in his own net at the restart of the second half before Pius Kaggwa sealed it for Alex Gitta’s coached side, taking them to second position on 15 points before Vipers leapfrogged them.

Mbarara City FC 1-0 SC Villa

Solomon Okwalinga scored as early as the fourth minute, a goal that proved the difference between the two sides at Kakyeka Stadium on Tuesday.

The three points earned by Hussein Mbalangu’s charges ended their four-game winless streak and also continued to show that Villa are inconsistent.

URA FC 0-0 Police FC

After picking up a big 2-0 win from Kitende against Vipers, over the weekend, one thought the Tax Collectors’ next game against the Cops would be a walkover, given the latter’s currently poor performance.

But at fulltime, none of the two teams had found the back of the net, hence a goalless draw at the Arena of Visions on Tuesday, a positive result for the visitors given that it was their second point of the season but exposed the hosts further, with to regard consistency.

Matchday nine will kickoff on Sunday, December 5 and conclude on Tuesday 7 with Vipers versus KCCA top of the agenda on Sunday.

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