Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Allan Okello, Robert Ssentongo and Paul Mucureezi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Allan Okello, Robert Ssentongo and Paul Mucureezi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Onduparaka F.C shocked KCCA F.C 2-1 in the first round of the Uganda Premier League at the Greenlight Stadium back in September last year and the return leg was supposed to be an also-ran battle, but it sure didn’t feel that way. In fact, all the intrigue of the match preview was gone shortly after kick-off.

Uganda Premier League leaders KCCA F.C haven’t had much trouble with their opponents at Phillip Omondi Stadium, and it was no different against Onduparaka. The task was even made easier by the absence of Ivan Mbowa as the defensive midfield duo of Muhammad Rashid and Faisal Anin was swamped.

Uncertain what kind of test Onduparaka will provide without forwards Muhammad Shaban (Suspension) and Ceasar Okhuti (Loan) as well as Ivan Mbowa (Malaria) in the midfield, KCCA coach Mike Mutebi handed 17-year-old Allan Okello his senior debut and the youngster put on a show.

They say what you gain on the swings, you lose on the roundabout. Onduparaka have been (reportedly) exceptional at home but terrible on their travels.

Onduparaka’s trouble on the road was on the show right from kick-off as the hosts were in control from the first whistle and it was not long before the Caterpillars collected the ball from their net.

[/media-credit] Allan Okello Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

In the 8th minute, Muzamir Mutyaba delivered a perfect free-kick from the right that Habib Kavuma and an onrushing Ivan Ntege failed to connect at the near post. The ball rolled across the face of goal between two Onduparaka players, Rashid Toha and Muhammad Rashid, with neither clearing out of danger and waiting at the post was Allan Okello who shot into the roof to give KCCA a deserved lead.

[/media-credit] Rashid Toha closely watches Robert Ssentongo. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

It only took eight minutes more minutes for Robert Sentongo to double the lead for the hosts. Following a sequence of passes in Onduparaka’s half, Joseph Ochaya found Okello a few yards from the penalty arc and the silky youngster  lobbed the ball over the flat-footed defence for Sentongo who looped over Geoffrey Lowo between Onduparaka’s goalposts for KCCA’s second in the 17th minute.

[/media-credit] Paul Musamali celebrates his goal against Onduparaka Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Paul Musamali who started in Timothy Awany’s place in the three-man defense found his way to the score sheet in the 22nd minute of the game. Unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box, Musamali took a couple of steps from the crowd to the near post, rose and connected Mutyaba’s corner kick with a free header for Kasasiro’s third.

[/media-credit] Allan Okello celebrates one of his goals against Onduparaka Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

KCCA F.C anchorman, Ivan ‘Kojja’ Ntege had the liberty to dribble the ball through 50 yards in the midfield unattended to and laid a perfectly weighted through ball to Allan Okello who kept his composure and went for the roof. The hosts were in charge 4-0 going into the break.

After recess, the Premier League leaders started from where they left off in the first half but it took a little longer for the fifth goal to arrive. Skipper Denis Okot whipped in a cross that Akram Kakembo failed to clear. Sentongo picked up the pieces and thumped in his second of the day in the 63rd minute.

After the goal, stadium announcer Clive Kyazze jokingly said: “…tukakasiza nti abagenyi baffe batuka e Mukono nga tewali buzibu bona bwe batuseko” loosely translated as “…we have ensured that our visitors reach Mukono without encountering any problems.”

However, ‘Mukono’ was not the final destination…

[/media-credit] Geoffrey Sserunkuma celebrates his goal trailed by Allan Okello Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

A scoring party is never complete without Geoffrey Sserunkuma and yes, he very much did come to the party. Second half substitute Isaac Kirabira (who replaced Ivan Ntege) drove the ball through yards of space before sliding in a through ball for Sserunkuma who fired in the sixth of the day in the 65th minute and took his season tally to 11.

How often do we see Mike Mutebi embrace his players? Okello completed his hat-trick with a low drive from outside the area and a usually conservative and principled Mutebi was over joyed by the youngster’s feat.

They say passage of time can not only dull the memory but utterly “erase” things that actually happened. However, not even time will erase what happened at Lugogo especially for Onduparaka coach, Livingstone Mbabazi who was spanked for being far too adventurous in the game with a 3-5-2 formation.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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