It wasn’t close to the 6-3 scoreline of the first round but KCCA FC encounter with Police in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Thursday was as thrilling and entertaining as the first round tie.
KCCA FC marked the return of Mike Mutebi with a one all draw against the Cops who matched their landlords pound for pound.
A result that takes KCCA FC to 45 points, seven above league holders and second placed Vipers Sports Club who play Bright Stars on Friday at Kitende.
Mustafa Kizza’s gave KCCA FC the lead came in the first minute of the game after a Police defender handled the ball.
Kizza stepped up and sweetly swung it into the back of the net, Davies Mutebi was too short for it despite the ball being at a sizable height but with too much power behind it.
Police’s transition from defense to attack was orchestrated by Paul Willa, Johnson Odongo, Juma Balinya and Kennedy Kasozi but were blunt in front of the KCCA FC goal.
In the 24th minute, Muzamir Mutyaba released Allan Okello, the latter beat his mark but in a tight angle and with options in Mike Mutyaba and Jackson Nunda, the young midfielder shot straight at the Police goalkeeper.
Shortly after, Nunda missed a free header off a Muzamir Mutyaba corner, in another KCCA FC attempt to double their lead.
Police coach Abdallah Mubiru made changes five minutes to the break as Simon Mbaziira replaced Edward Kiryowa on the left side of midfield.
Six minutes into the second half Kennedy Kasozi was replaced by Nasur Safi Basani as Police searched for a leveler, they were getting desperate.
KCCA FC responded by introducing Sadam Ibrahim Juma and Patrick Kaddu for Gift Ali and Muzamir Mutyaba respectively as they tried to double their lead.
Odongo found Basani with a well weighed cross in the 56th minute but the substitute couldn’t guide it home despite being all alone.
As Mutebi threw his last dice in Allan Kyambadde for Mike Mutyaba, from the right Willa swung in another teasing cross on the blind side.
His target was Mbaziira who rose with precision but the timing with his stronger left foot sent the ball wide, KCCA FC lived to see another day.
Police eventually got their goal five minutes to full-time, a shot back pass by Nunda was pounced on by Balina who looped his effort over Lukwago for the equaliser.
KCCA FC lost concentration and almost gifted KCCA FC the lead but Balinya couldn’t make it count.
It was hard to tell which team wanted it the more at the sound of the final whistle the sighs of relief came in tandem.