By Edwin Kyle Kule
Gaddafi FC placed one foot in the Uganda Premier League after registering a 4-0 emphatic win to sweep struggling Nyamityobora FC at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Sunday.
Ronald Nsumbiyano Bithum’s brace, Mark Byamukama and James Otim’s lone strike were enough to guide Coach Zungu Hassan’s charges in the play-off final.
The first chance of the game came in the 15th minute, Joel Mandondo found himself with space but his effort rattled off the woodwork.
Bithum Ronald opened the scoring in the 17th minute to place Gaddafi in an early lead after brushing home James Otim’s well-laid cross.
Seven minutes later, Nyamityobora’s defender Johnson Turinawe fouled Bithum in a dangerous area to award Gaddafi a penalty, and Mark Bamukyaye converted it from 12 yards.
At the half-hour mark, Gaddafi had a chance to further stretch the lead but Madondo’ bouncing header went above the woodwork by inches.
Five minutes later, Bithum completed his brace with a good header after connecting Thomas Ochung’s cross in the back of the net to give Gaddafi a comfortable drive.
After the break, Nyamityobora made a double substitute introducing Shadrach Ssebulime and Badru Ssekajja to replace Tonny Musinguzi and Abraham Siima respectively.
On the return of the second stanza, Gaddafi continued to press the Mbarara based side. Winger James Otim found himself twice in a great position but failed to deliver.
Two minutes to the hour mark, Gaddafi made a double chance introducing Ronald Obele and Frank Mulimi to replace Mark Obele and Joel Madondo.
Both sides made third changes as Nyamityobora brought Mubarak Kakooza for Martin Arinaitwe while Gaddafi brought custodian Muhammad Didi for Paul Mumpwani.
There was less action during the second half as both sides struggled for possession in the middle park.
In the 84th minute, Otim finally put his name on the scoring sheet after slotting the ball home past stranded goalkeeper Ssebulime.
Gadaffi FC who sealed a play-off promotion from Regional League to the FUFA Big League on their maiden season continues to chase their dream to the top tier.
In the second game of the play-off semi-finals, Proline FC plays Blacks Power FC at 3:00 PM at the same venue to decide who plays Gaddafi in the final on Tuesday, August 17.
How the teams started
Gaddafi XI: Paul Mujjampwani (GK), Thomas Ochieng, Lawrence Kasadma, Najib Fesali, Umaru Kyeyune, Pascal Ngobi, Steven Munguchi, Mark Byamukama, Joel Madondo, Ronald Bithum, James Otim.
Nyamityobora XI: Tonny Musinguzi (Gk), Sharif Kyandiga, Salim Kakooza, Clinton Kamugisha, Martin Arinaitwe, Ivan Ahimbisibwe, Johnson Turinawe, Abraham Siima, Benjamin Mpiirwe, Hussein Niwamanya, Allan Galadhi.