There was no winning return for Police FC captain Tony Mawejje as they were held to a goalless draw by Wakiso Giants at the MTN Omondi Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Mawejje was playing his first game for the club, 14-years since his last game for Police in 2006 and limped off after 45 minutes due to an injury.
Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, defenders Eric Ssenjobe and Hassan Muhamood and goalkeeper Tom Ikara were the other new signings given their debuts by Abdallah Mubiru.
While Douglas Bamweyana who was in charge of his first game since taking over in August handed debuts to Rahmat Ssenfuka and Joshua Lubwama.
Mawejje and Zaga were involved in much of Police’s attacking play, with the former putting his effort straight at the goalkeeper, while the latter created two of the Cops’ best chances in the first half.
Zaga’s threaded through balls twice picked up Mubaraka Nsubuga inside the penalty area, but the forward failed to beat Derrick Emukule shooting straight at the goalkeeper on both occasions.
Police bossed much of the possession in the first 45 minutes, but they nearly went behind at the half hour mark, Yasin Mugume beat Ssenjobe but failed to find the back of the net, looping his ball over the cross bar.
Wakiso were lucky to go into the half time break still level while Police were left to rue their missed opportunities.
Mubiru had seen enough of wasteful Nsubuga, and the forward was replaced by Herman Wasswa, while Mawejje was brought off with an injury.
The Purple Sharks also withdrew debutant Lubwama for AbdulKarim Nduggwa. Nduggwa’s substitution gave Wakiso an edge in attack as they created a couple of opportunity’s infront of goal.
Nduggwa drew a fine save from Ikara in the 50th minute, while Muhamood did well to block his shot just infront of goal.
The Cops survived a late goal after Ssenfuka stopped Police’s transition and played through Yasin Mugume but Ikara pulled off a brilliant double save from Mugume and Nduggwa’s shots before his defenders were on hand to clear the danger.
Both teams settled for a goalless draw for the first time in three meetings. The Cops maintain their unbeaten against the Purple Sharks.
Police make the long trip to visit newly-promoted side MYDA FC in Tororo on Tuesday, December 8, while Wakiso Giants will host Kyetume at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium on Wednesday.
How they lined up:
Police FC XI: Tom Ikara, Denis Rukundo, Eric Ssenjobe, Hassan Muhamood, Henry Katongole, Tony Mawejje, Samuel Kayongo, Frank Tumwesigye, Ruben Kimera, Mubarak Nsubuga, Ben Ocen
Wakiso Giants FC XI: Derrick Emukule, Geriga Atendele, Simon Namwanja, Edward Satulo, Hassan Wasswa, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Gadaffi Wahab, Yasin Mugume, Joshua Lubwama, Amos Muwonge