KCCA 3-1 SC Villa
Football fans world over love to witness goals, explicit skills and cheer about every move of the game.
This was manifested on Tuesday evening when city rivals Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) outclassed nemesis side Sports Club Villa Jogoo 3-1 in the highly explosive Uganda Premier league derby at the Phillip Omondi astro turf stadium.
Striker Paul Mucureezi gave the hosts an early lead with a sublime shot from an acute angle.
The Jogoos rallied back in the opening minutes of the second stanza with the equalizer off left footed winger Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu’s well converted penalty.
The joy was however short lived as Derrick Nsibambi leaped high to nod home Ronald Musana’s telling delivery and the reigning league MVP capped the icing on the cake with a late headed attempt off Muzamiru Mutyaba’s corner.
Come the match proper, the fans indeed graced the big day and enjoyed every detail.
As early as the second minute, the visiting team showed the intent to seek command.
Defender Ibrahim Kiyemba had an early cross from the right easily collected by goalie Benjamin Ochan.
KCCA answered back in the same currency when Ronald Musana had a shot off target.
Tabu’s free-kick for SC Villa flew high of Ochan’s goal posts after Tadeo Lwanga was fouled by Habib Kavuma near the area.
On the 10th minute mark, Mucureezi shot past goalie Yasin Mugabi for the day’s opening strike much to the delight of the home fans.
Four minutes later, KCCA hit the cross bar when Muzamiru Mutyaba’s free-kick kissed the woodwork after striker Nsibambi had been fouled by Ayub Kisaliita near 18 yards.
The rebounder by Nsibambi was ruled off-side by the second assistant referee, Samuel Kayondo.
On 18 minutes, Muzamiru Mutyaba had a heavy touch on the ball off Kavuma chipped free-kick before Lwanga missed for SC Villa with a long range shot missing target.
Three minutes later, veteran striker Geofrey Sserunkuma was involved in the thick of action but his overhead kick went over and high the Villa goal post;
It was KCCA again in the next minute with Musana’s cross from the right failing to meet the intended destiny.
The Jogoos were again on the receiving end as FIFA referee Denis Batte cautioned Paul Mbowa for pulling down Nsibambi.
Two minutes to the half hour mark, Sserunkuma had a diving header sail out off a Mutyaba free-kick.
Tabu had the other attempts for the visitors but twice his shots flew high and over.
The last piece of action for the opening half fell to Mutyaba who dribbled with success but his intention to lay the ball was well read by Mbowa who cleared for an unsuccessful corner.
At the onset of the second half, the Jogoos called off Paul Mbowa and replaced him with Abel Eturude for the first change of the game.
Moments later, KCCA’s Isaac Muleme, a former SC Villa player replaced the first goal hero, Paul Mucureezi before Sina Jerome came in for Alex Kitata for Villa’s second change.
Referee Batte pointed to the spot after a handball by Kavuma .
In the process, a yellow card was flashed to team skipper Denis Okot for protesting the decision.
Calm was restored and Tabu slotted the ball to the right direction as Ochan dived on his left.
Fans were to expect more thrills when Nsibambi freely headed home to restore KCCA’s lead following a decent cross by Ronald Musana.
With the final quarter of the game, Ambrose Kirya came in for Tabu’s slot as SC Villa made the final change.
Meanwhile, Mike Mutebi and his technical team introduced winger Brian Majwega for the veteran center forward Sserunkuma.
Kirya had a shot blocked in goal melee as the Jogoos fought their way out.
KCCA second goal scorer Nsibambi pulled a ham-string and his place was taken by the diminutive Robert Sentongo for the host’s last substitution.
Joseph Ochaya powerfully headed home the final goal that made it 3-1 off Mutyaba’s corner from the right to guarantee the ‘Kasasiro Lads’ the full bragging rights and most importantly the three points in the couch.
KCCA further consolidates their grip on the league summit with 28 points off 12 games.
The Jogoos remain on 21 points from 11 games.
Team Line ups:
Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Timothy Awany, Habib Kavuma, Denis Okot Oola (C), Joseph Ochaya, Ronald Musana, Isaac Kirabira, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Paul Mucureezi, Geofrey Sserunkuma, Derrick Nsibambi
Changes: Paul Mucureezi replaced by Isaac Muleme, Geofrey Sserunkuma replaced by Brian Majwega, Derrick Nsibambi replaced by Robert Sentongo
Subs Not Used:
Richard Lukwago (G.K), Vincent Kayizzi, Tom Masiko, Ivan Ntege
Head coach: Mike Hilary Mutebi
SC Villa XI:
Yasin Mugabi (G.K), Ayub Kisaliita, Yesseri Waibi, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Paul Mbowa, Henry Katongole, Tadeo Lwanga, Godfreyl Lwesibawa, Alex Kitata, Umar Kasumba, Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu
Changes: Paul Mbowa replaced by Abel Eturude, Alex Kitata replaced by Sina Jerome, Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu replaced by Ambrose Kirya
Ashadu Bugembe (G.K), Dennis Kamanzi, Martin Kiiza, Olivier Bou-bi
Head coach: Shafiq Bisaso
Center Referee: Denis Batte
1st Assistant Referee: Ronald Katenya
2nd Assistant Referee: Samuel Kayondo
4th Official: Aisha Ssemambo
Referee Assessor: Ronnie Kalema
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Onduparaka 1-1 Proline
Express FC 1-1 URA
The Saints 1-1 Lweza
Soana 1-2 Soana