Police registered their first win in six games, coming from a goal down to defeat Wakiso Giants 3-1 in their Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinal first leg at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium on Thursday.
Wakiso took the lead when Ruben Kimera scored in his own net after just five minutes, but goals from Derrick Kakooza, Yusuf Ssozi, and Ben Ocen ensured that the Cops completed a comeback.
Abdallah Mubiru’s charges had gone six straight games as they squandered their shot at the title, and the soft-spoken tactician believes the win against Wakiso was a turning point and will help bring back the confidence of the team.
“We knew it was not going to be an easy game, but I want to thank my players for their efforts that enabled us to win the game,” Mubiru said after the game.
“The win eased pressure on everyone around the club, and I believe this is a turning point and will elevate the confidence of the team to see that we finish the season on a high note, ” he added.
It was also the first time forwards in Kakooza and Ocen were scoring in a while. Both had last appeared on the score sheet in April.
And after seeing his two strikers score again, Mubiru hopes that they continue scoring after ending their scoring drought, and this can help the team in the final bend of the season.
“It is encouraging that both Kakooza and Ocen returned to the score sheet because they had taken long without scoring, let us hope the drought is completely over,” Mubiru noted.
The Uganda Cup remains Police’s only hope for silverware this season, and they will be hoping to get the job done when they host Wakiso in the second leg next week on Friday and advance to the semi-finals.