Abdallah Mubiru hailed a new dawn in Police FC’s 2020/21 campaign after they picked up their first win of the season against MYDA at the King George Stadium in Tororo.
Police had been held to a goalless draw at home by Wakiso Giants in their opening game of the season and was faced with a whole different challenge against the newly promoted MYDA who they were playing against for the first time.
But the Cops accelerated past their hosts impressively winning 3-1 with Ben Ocen’s brace and Eric Ssenjobe’s strike capping a dominant evening for Police.
Ocen scored the fastest goal of the season so far after just 79 seconds. Ssenjobe added a second on 26 minutes rising highest to head home a well laid Hassan Mood’s free kick.
The hosts pulled a goal back through Ibra Nsimbe in the 36th minute before Ochen restored Police’s lead with 20 minutes to go.
Mubiru was delighted by his team’s victory, commending them for the effort, the goals and an absolute team performance which capped a ‘sweet victory’ that ‘they should celebrate’.
“First of all, I thank God for the result and the three points; I am so grateful to my players for the show today, the goals and the effort,” Mubiru said after the game.
“It was a good game from the boys; a good win, sweet for us to celebrate. The performance is one we need to build as the season grows further, but for now we can savour in the joy of three points,” he added.
Mubiru named a side with only two changes; Tony Kiwalaze started in place of captain Tony Mawejje while Duncan Sseninde was handed his debut ahead of Mubarak Nsubuga.
The Cops controlled the game for long spells with ease, finding space down the channels and using their short passes to open pockets of space.
For all Police’s control and attacking prowess, there were a couple of times when they looked like they might hand MYDA a way back into the game.
Ocen, Ruben Kimera and Sseninde wasted a couple of opportunities, while Tom Ikara pulled off a couple of saves following some lapses in possession.
“We don’t need to get carried away. We should recoup now and go back to the drawing board and plan for the game ahead,” Mubiru told Football256.
“A couple of things we saw out there that we need to improve and correct before our next game.”
“We are affected (by the absentees), everyone is affected,” Mubiru explained of the three players he missed due to COVID-19 and injury, adding; “But we registered a squad of 28 or so players and we cannot complain of those who are not here.”
“As you saw, the players who were available did the job and we are confident and happy with our options through the squad,” Mubiru stated.
The result lifts Police to third on the log, level on points with second placed BUL FC and two points behind leaders KCCA following their 8-0 thumping of Onduparaka.
Mubiru and Police will make the short trip to Wakiso to visit another newly-promoted side Kitara FC at the Kavumba Recreation Grounds on Friday, December 11.
MYDA FC XI: Andrew Ssekandi, Dickson Outta, Stephen Okello, Peter Mutebi, Rashid Mpata, Kasango Waiswa, Ibrahim Nsimbe, Norman Ogik, Peter Musoke, William Makulo, Isaac Doka
Police FC XI: Tom Ikara, Eric Senjobe, Hassan Muhamood, Dennis Rukundo, Henry Katongole, Samuel Kayongo, Tonny Kiwalaze, Frank Tumwesigye, Duncan Sseninde, Ben Ocen, Ruben Kimera