Emmanuel Okwi celebrates a goal for SC Villa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
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[/media-credit] Emmanuel Okwi scored SC Villa’s leveller in Masaka Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Geoffrey Sserunkuma and Emmanuel Okwi scored for KCCA and SC Villa respectively as the two sides drew 1-1 in an entertaining game at Masaka Recreation Ground.

The highly anticipated top of the table clash lived to its billing as the two sides displayed beautiful football despite playing on a bad pitch thanks to a heavy downpour.

The hosts, who by all means had to win to keep pressure on their rivals started well and should have gone ahead inside ten minutes but Denis Rukundo made a goal line clearance to deny Ambrose Kirya.

A couple of minutes later, Okwi beat the KCCA offside trap, raced on to goal but his goal bound shot was saved Benjamin Ochan.

At the other end, Derrick Nsibambi headed the Kasasiro’s best chance in the half over the bar off a well weighed Rukundo cross while Ochan made another save to keep out another Okwi shot as the first half ended even.

Mike Mutebi was the first to react by substituting young midfielder Allan Okello for Paul Mucureezi and three minutes into the second half, Sserunkuma, the league’s leading marksman tapped home after SC Villa goalie Samson Kirya parried Brian Majwega’s shot into his path from inside the six yard area.

The goal prompted Wasswa Bbosa to make a change replacing Vitalis Tabu with Denis Kamanzi and later Abel Eturude came off for Umar Kasumba.

But the changes didn’t do much for the Jogoos until the introduction of Farouk Musisi for Martin Kizza.

[/media-credit] Geoffrey Sserunkuma celebrates a goal Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

The winger cum left back caused Rukundo all sorts of problems before he won a penalty converted 18 minutes to time by Okwi for his 9th goal of the season by sending Ochan the wrong way.

The goal changed the game for the Blues as Kasumba missed a chance with header that went inches wide and there were two penalty appeals for hand ball turned down by referee Brian Miiro who had earlier at 1-0, waved play on when Muzamiru Mutyaba appeared to be brought down in the area.

The draw keeps KCCA top of the log on 48 points, same as second placed SC Villa but the advantage lies with Kasasiro who hold three games in hand over the record league winners.

But the match day referees Miiro, Mark Ssonko, Hussein Bugembe and Rajab Bakasamba had to be driven on a Police patrol away from the venue as angry home fans wanted to rip them into pieces alleging them of poor officiating.

SC Villa: Samson Kirya (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, John Adriko, Paul Mbowa, Henry Katongole, Taddeo Lwanga (C), Abel Eturude (Umar Kasumba), Martin Kizza (Farouk Musisi), Ambrose Kirya, Vitalis Tabu (Denis Kamanzi) and Emmanuel Okwi.

KCCA: Benjamin Ochan (GK, C), Denis Rukundo, Isaac Muleme, Paul Musamali, Timothy Awany, Isaac Kirabira, Allan Okello (Paul Mucureezi), Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi (Ivan Ntege), Brian Majwega and Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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