- Maroons 3-1 Kyambogo
It is now official! Uganda Prisons Service run football side, Maroons F.C is back to the highest tier league in the country.
Maroons required goals from Patrick Kaddu, Pius Obuya and an own goal from Cedric Otti in their 3-1 victory over visiting Kyambogo at the Prisons ground in Luzira.
A comprehensive win indeed it was on a colourful Tuesday witnessed by a passionate crowd mostly prison warders.
Kaddu scored a penalty as early as the 8th minute as the first half ended 1-0 for the home side.
Felix Okot would have easily made it 2-0 but missed contact inside the goal area following a clever cut back from the enterprising Solomon Walusimbi.
The home team made the first change of the game when Musa Ssali replaced the tired though effective legs of Yahaya Luhti.
Kaddu then assisted Obuya for the second goal. The latter, a former Uganda U-17 star player calmly slotted home the second 12 minutes into the second half.
Maroons called for the second change when Sydney Chika came in for Walusimbi with twenty minutes to play.
Ibra Kaddu pulled a goal back for the visitors with a stunning strike that caught goalie Emmanuel Akol unaware from 35 yards to make it 2-1.
Man of the match, Kaddu took the game affairs into his own hands with a teasing ball put into the net by Kyambogo right back Cedric Otto barely 10 minutes to the full time whistle.
By this time, it was done and dusted.
Maroons had worked for and earned the result desired before the home fans on a treasured ground blessed by the country’s number one citizen Yoweri Kaguta barely a fortnight ago.
Maroons goes to 45 points from 21 games with an away game coming against Busia Fisheries this Friday.
Head coach Asaph Mwebaze was then thrown into space by the excited players.
He hailed the character of his charges throughout the season.
In an interview with the media after the final whistle, Mwebaze, who also guided Maroons to the top flight in the 2014/15 season was ecstatic;
As a club, we are excited about being promoted again to the Uganda Premier League.
I want to salute the players and management. They have all worked together and this promotion has been a result of hard work.
Along the way, we faltered but did not lose the steam and hope. We remained focused
We shall strive to maintain our status quo in the top flight. Playing in the Big League has been a learning curve and ought to learn from the experience on how to maintain the club in the top flight.
Consequentially, Kyambogo’s slot in the Kampala Regional League has been sealed and confirmed following their relegation from the FUFA Big League.
Maroons now join Masavu from Entebbe who were the first side to be promoted from the FUFA Big League this season.
The third club shall be promoted via a promotional playoff.
The playoffs shall be played on 4th May 2017 at the Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.