Goals in either half from youngster Ismail Mugulusi and Balabala Magero’s penalty helped Busoga United to a 2-0 victory over Onduparaka at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru as StarTimes Uganda Premier League action resumed.
Busoga were chasing their first victory over their visitors in their last five league meetings, and they got off to the perfect they had hoped for as Balabala gave them the lead inside three minutes from the penalty spot.
The hosts continued with their dominance in the opening 15 minutes and nearly doubled their lead through Jeromy Kirya who had rattled the crossbar before drawing a fine stop from goalkeeper Tony Kyamera with his rebound.
Onduparaka managed to settle into the game but Busoga remained resolute in defence limiting them to just two shots on target as the first half drew to a close.
The Caterpillars started the second half stronger using their pace on the flanks to create a number of openings but they failed to effectively break through Busoga’s defence.
Mugulusi doubled Busoga’s victory in the 53rd minute with an incredible curling effort that beat Kyamera at full stretch after Shaka Ssozi had played him through on goal.
Onduparaka looked devoid of inspiration to wrestle the game back from Busoga’s grasp as the hosts managed the game through the final 35 minutes.
The win further cements Busoga insurgence following a poor start to the season. They momentarily climb up to 11th on the log on 17 points, five games off relegation.
Onduparaka meanwhile remain eighth on the log on 21 points but could slip further if BUL Bidco FC collect maximum points against KCCA.
Busoga United will now turn their focus to back to back Stanbic Uganda Cup and league trips to St. Mary’s Kitende to face Vipers SC.
Onduparaka play second division side Luweero United in the Uganda Cup which is followed by a home tie against Kitara FC on April 13.