Morley Byekwaso believes KCCA FC is finally moving in the right direction after an impressive 3-1 victory over Busoga United at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Byekwaso said that he expected his side to be at such a level earlier on, but the fact that they are starting to get to that level points towards a positive time for the club.
KCCA started the day with just one victory in their last five games but took control of the game with impressive attacking intent as they comfortably won over their relegation threatened visitors.
Midfielder Gift Ali Abubaker added on Juma Balinya and Charles Lwanga’s first half goals helped the Kasasiro Boys to their fifth victory under Byekwaso.
“This is the first game that we have played with the right intensity that I like,” Byekwaso described his team’s performance.
“I expected this (the performance) to happen earlier on, but we failed to reach the level I expected the team to be at,” he added.
“However, I thank God that we are starting to get there, because this is a transition where we need to prepare this team for the future.”
“We are trying to get a few things across the board and may be the players are still adopting to the new things we have introduced.”
“This really changes our mindset as a technical team because we stuck on what we wanted and the boys are starting to react in the right way because they really played well.”
“It goes down to the talent of the individuals and desire to continue learning and improving. We are trying as much as possible to keep working on how we want to play,” Byekwaso continued.
Balinya, starting his third game for KCCA, and first since February, gave his side the lead after 28 minutes, with a free kick from the edge of the area.
While Balinya celebrated his first league goal for the club, his teammate Lwanga also reached a personal milestone by scoring his 10th league for the club, turning in Steven Sserwadda’s cross in the 36th minute.
Four minutes later, Ibrahim Ekellot pulled a goal back for Busoga United, but Lwanga was denied a second when George Kasonko bravely cleared the ball off the line.
Ali put the game beyond Busoga with his first goal in two years since joining KCCA. Ali scored from 12 yards out after Abubakar Otwao handled the ball inside the area.
KCCA stay fourth on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table on 45 points from 26 games. Busoga United also stay 13th on the log on 26 points, three points above the relegation zone.
Byekwaso and KCCA face a crunch Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter-final clash against rivals Express FC next before they return to league action with a trip to Kitara FC.
Busoga United on the other hand resumes their survival battle with a home tie against second placed URA FC when league action returns.
How they lined up
KCCA FC XI: Charles Lukwago (Gk)(C), Dennis Iguma, Peter Magambo, Hassan Musana, Moses Aliro, Gift Ali, Steven Sserwadda, Keziron Kizito, Herbert Achai, Charles Lwanga, Juma Balinnya
Busoga United FC XI: Michael Nantamu (Gk), Abubakari Otawo, George Kalyowa, Balabala Magero, Isaac Wagoina, George Kasonko (C), Ibrahim Ekellot, Jeromy Kirya, Isma Mugulusi, Shaka Ssozi, Ivan Wani