Hard fighting Nkumba football lads played for a barren draw in the 90 minutes against FUFA Super League side, Sports Club Victoria University in the Uganda Cup game played over the weekend at Nkumba University playground in Entebbe.
The FUFA level one central referee, who failed to begin the game in the scheduled time (4:00PM) due to the home team’s failure to avail at least two gun-policemen/women, opted for spot kicks after both sides fell short to open their respective deadlocks and saw the visitors ending victorious with a 5-3 win.
SC Victoria University’s Manko Kaweesa, Tibaigana Charle Patrick Edema, Denis Iguma and Patrick Ssempiira converted their respective spot kicks passed Nkumba keeper, Mutebi Ronald, to help their side book a place in the round of 32, thanks to custodian Emma Kalyowa who visibly caught Kikonyogo Jonah spot kick. Mugerwa yassar, Dan Nsubuga and Kaddu Yunus netted their kicks for the debutant Nkumba FC but all was in vain.
The entertaining game expressed by the home footballing students saw the visiting coach, veteran Alex Isabirye expressing his sympathy for the losing side who plays in the FUFA Big league, “They played good football but I feel so sorry for them”. He told Kawowo sports.
Anyway “their outstanding play was favored by (their) own bumpy field but showed us our mistakes that I will technically solve quickly before our next game”.
Nkumba University FC Head coach Patrick Ssebuliba praised his young boys for the enduring spirit exhibited on the night. He understands that the exciting game showed in the normal play minutes was a big blow to the team’s critics who expected a historical humiliation from the solid national prominent Visitors, SC Victoria University.
Former Uganda Cranes left-full back and captain of SCVUNestroy Kizito, praised the home side’s brilliant play and prayed for them a great future in the world of football and also land chances to play for the national team. “They have showed good play and they have a bright future in football”. The former SC Villa defender said. “I pray for them also to feature for the national team as well because they posses everything”. He added.
Despite the loss, Nkumba university FC captain, Mugerwa Yassar failed to agree with those saying that his side was the underdogs only to admit “Its them (Victoria University) that learnt from us”. The 3rd year Development Studies student said when asked shortly after the game.