In what was expected to be a real test to Kyetume FC’s league ambitions, they easily jumped over the first hurdle with consummate ease.
Their 4-1 drubbing of Alex Sserunyonjo’s Kansai Plascon side in the FUFA Big League third place playoff is testament to the unwavering character that Kyetume FC’s gaffer, Jackson ‘Mia Mia’ Mayanja has pooled together.
A cluster of golden oldies and seasoned journey men such as goalkeeper Emmanuel Kalyoowa formerly of SC Villa, ex-internationals like Vincent Kayizi and Robert Ssentongo were all drafted into the starting elven.
And that’s not it, a prolonged glimpse at the Kyetume bench and more familiar faces popped up, there was Owen Kasule and Elkanah Nkugwa sitting there patiently waiting for their moment.
Amidst all this fray of veterans, it’s imperative to note that Patrick Ochan was profoundly missing after being granted compassionate leave with the demise of his uncle although he followed events from the stands.
Kyetume were definitely the stronger side in the opening engagements and this should have not come as a surprise as their more travelled and experienced cast handled the job in a very mature manner.
For all they offered with experience and maturity, they immensely lacked for with legs as their steam ran out allowing Kansai Plascon to have a grip in the game.
For Kyetume the halftime whistle couldn’t come any quick enough and, to be honest, that was all they needed because, at the start of the second half, they were back at it again.
This time in more bullying and boisterous fashion as they hitherto took the game to Kansai Plascon.
Kansai’s bubble eventually melted at the barrage of attacks that Kyetume marshalled through their flanks as Kayizi and Denis Lubowa kept Henry Mugoya and Diego Katumba busy while curving out chances for the diminutive Ssentongo.
Ssentongo grateful tucked away the opportunities thus enabling him to walk away with the match day ball as he bagged himself a hattrick to add onto Benon Tahomera’s early strike thus consigning Kansai Plascon to a football lesson.