Marvin Oshaba’s first half penalty proved to be enough to earn Tooro United a 1-0 victory over Kigezi Home Boys and confirm an instant return to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Tooro United went into the final game of the regular season with a two-point advantage over Proline FC, meaning that only three points would be good enough for Edward Golola’s side to earn direct promotion.
Proline managed to draw their ace with a 2-0 victory over Water FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium, but it was short of ensuring they leapfrog Tooro who finish the regular season top of the Rwenzori group with 31 points.
Kigezi had a couple of close chances to deny a promotion party for Tooro. First, Dickson Kihanga missed a free header inside seven minutes, while Rogers Tabule rounded the goalkeeper but missed the target.
Oshaba was brought down inside the area and the forward stepped up to calmly convert from the spot after 27 minutes, a goal that proved enough to book their place back in the big time.
Edward Golola’s side have led the Rwenzori Group of the FUFA Big League since the start of the season.
Golola was drafted at the start of the season to help forge a way back to the elite league, he will now plot a way to make sure Tooro’s Uganda Premier League stay is an extended one.
Meanwhile, Arua Hill took the second direct promotion place after finishing top of the Elgon group with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Paidha Black Angels.
The third team to get promoted will come from the four team play-offs, which are set to include second placed Proline FC and Nyamityobora FC from the Rwenzori group.
Gaddafi FC and Blacks Power FC who finished second and third respectively in the Elgon group will complete the promotion play-offs line up.