Express 1-1 KCCA

Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Express, KCCA are the 2015/16 Uganda Premier League champions.

With just three points left to play for, KCCA lead the table by four points thanks to a similar result in Buikwe where URA held former champions Vipers.

In a game of two halves, Express were dominant in the first pinning the visitors in their own half although they didn’t create as many opportunities.

Their dominance paid dividends midway the first stanza when Tony Odur was fouled by Joseph Ochaya in the area.

Referee Mashood Ssali didn’t hesitate but point to the spot and from 12 yards, former KCCA winger Vincent Kayizzi made no mistake but send goalie Benjamin Ochan the wrong way for the hosts’ lead. 

Earlier, KCCA’s Mike Mutebi had withdrawn Emma Magembe for Paul Mucureezi but it was the Red Eagles all over with Kayizzi, Odur and Ibrahim Kayiwa asking lots of questions to the backline manned by Martin Mpuuga.

In the second half, the Kasasiro returned a rejuvenated side and asked all sorts of question until the 65th minute when Muzamir Mutyaba repeated the reverse fixture antics by netting an equaliser.

The KCCA number 10 hit a half volley off Denis Okot cross from down the right and it kissed the base of the post before settling in the net. 

After that moment, it was all KCCA with possession and threats but the under fire Express defence cooled everything.

Wasswa Bbosa brought on Simon Sserunkuma and Noah Ssemakula while Mutebi reacted by introducing Hakim Ssenkumba for Sulaimon Akinyemi.

The affair now became balanced and it was an end to end with Odur nearly getting the second for the hosts.

Herman Wasswa then came on for tired Ceaser Okhuti but the score line remained unchanged as KCCA went to 56 points while Vipers, the closest chasers went to 52 points.

The champions will be crowned at Nakivubo on Friday when they play Sadolin Paints who they beat 3-0 in the first league tie this season.

The title is KCCA’s eleventh in history, five adrift of record winners SC Villa and Mutebi’s first in his over 20 year coaching career.

The side has a chance to win their first ever double as they are into the semi-finals of Uganda Cup where they play Vipers in a two legged tie. 

Ugandan champions

1968: Prisons

1969: Prisons

1970: Coffee United

1971: Simba

1974: Express

1975: Express

1976: KCC

1977: KCC

1978: Simba

1979: UCB

1980: Nile Breweries

1981: KCC

1982: SC Villa

1983: KCC

 1984: SC Villa

1985: KCC

1986: SC Villa

1987: SC Villa

1988: SC Villa

1989: SC Villa

1990: SC Villa

1991: KCC

1992: SC Villa

1993: Express

1994: SC Villa

1995: Express

1996: Express

1997: KCC

1998: SC Villa

1999: SC Villa

2000: SC Villa

2001: SC Villa

2002: SC Villa

2003: SC Villa

2004: SC Villa

2005: Police

2006: URA

2007: URA

2008: KCC

2009: URA

2010: Bunamwaya (Now Vipers)

2011: URA

2012: Express

2013: KCC

2014: KCC

2015: Vipers

 2016: KCCA

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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