Group A opening game of the Pepsi University Football League saw off Uganda Martyrs m get a deserved away point against last year’s semifinalists St. Lawrence University.
UMU coach Noah Mugerwa who replaced Shafik Bisaso badly wanted to start the season with a point, but praised the fighting spirit that saw his team come from a goal down to level matters.
“I am sure we are going to bounce back stronger in the next match,” said Uganda Martyrs University gaffer coach Mugerwa Noah who was in charge of his first University Football League, he replaced Shafic Bisaso.
“Yes I was in fright when we were a goal down because I didn’t want to lose my first game in charge here,” Mugerwa added.
The visitors exhibited a high pressing game forcing St. Lawrence’s custodian Musa Gita into endless saves.
Uganda Martyrs’ clear cut chance came in the 30th minute of the game when John Ben Nakibinge missed a sitter when he miscalculated Kato Omar’s teasing cross.
It was a barren affair until the 65th minute when St. Lawrence’s Ogwang Isaac tapped in a swinging cross.
Despite being a goal down, the visitors kept pressing on pressing, forcing St. Lawrence’s player to sit behind the ball.
Uganda Martyrs’ continuous efforts yielded something eventually when Livingstone Mbigo slotted in a beautiful long range shot into the far wide corner to put matters on level terms in the 80th minute.
“It was a tough match for us, we were lucky we got the lead but we hope to improve,” said St. Lawrence University head coach Davis Nono Sozzi.
In next fixture, UMU face tricky Gulu University as St Lawrence University entertains Islamic University In Uganda.