Umar Kasumba Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

SC Villa Jogoo 2-2 Police

[/media-credit] Umar Kasumba behind Ayub Kisaliita during SC Villa’s game in Masaka. Kasumba scored his first goal at the facility against Police Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Until the last 23 minutes of the SC Villa – Police Uganda Premier League encounter at the Masaka Recreational stadium, all signs were eminent that the home club was destined for the precious three points.

A sublime moment of brilliance and magic from midfielders Yasin Mugume, Michael Birungi, Rahamat Senfuka, Anthony Bongole and second half substitute Ben Ocen earned the Uganda Police funded side at least a point.

The Jogoos had led through Emmanuel Okwi and Umar Kasumba strikes before the visitors replied via Rahamat Senfuka and Bongole in the 67th and 72nd minutes respectively as the two sides played to a 2 all draw.

Okwi beat goalie Davies Mutebi with a bouncing shot from 25 yards for his individual 10th goal of the campaign since re-joining the Jogoos in the January windown.

The strike ignited excitement among the partisan though noisy crowd at Masaka on a ground they have not lost thus far.

Moments earlier, Okwi had missed to tap home with the goal at his mercy and left winger Farouk Musisi had a goal bound shot blocked for a corner.

SC Villa suffered a set back towards the half hour mark when industrious midfielder Ambrose Kirya limped out following a challenge by Hakim Ssenkumba.

In came Dennis Kamanzi as the first half ended 1-0 before the players returned to the locker-rooms for the mandatory half time rest.

Eight minutes after the restart, striker Umar Kasumba converted with a superb diving header following a curling corner from Kamanzi that was set by Okwi in Kasumba’s path.

The goal was Kasumba’s first since the club switched to Masaka in the second half of the season.

Police technical bench introduced Ben Ocen as he assumed the captaincy duties from Senfuka.

He was all over and his directness caused the Jogoos all sorts of provocations.

SC Villa suffered yet another injury setback when defender Patrick Mbowa limped out after a left knee injury before Ayub Kisaliita took his place.

The change meant that Kisaliita would play right back and Joseph Nsubuga drifted to the central defense along Henry Katongole.

Police pulled a goal back in the 67th minute courtesy of a well drilled shot from 30 yards by Senfuka that caught Burundian goalie Arthur Mac Arakaza unaware.

Five minutes later, Mugume combined with Birungi on the right beating John Adriko, Katongole and Nsubuga to release the on-rushing Bongole.

The pacy forward calmly slotted home to the bottom of the net past the former Flambeau De l’Est Football Club shot stopper.

At this moment, the crowd jeered and many walked out in protest.

Bongole was thereafter booked for a malicious tackle on Katongole seven minutes from full time – the only caution of the game.

In fact, the visitors had a golden chance to bury off the game but Mugume hesitated to score after rounding off Arakaza way out the goalie’s goal area.

Police Football Club had worked for the desired result that gives them a temporary breather off the relegation worries at the moment as the Cops have now ascended one slot to 9th with 30 points from 27 games.

SC Villa on the other hand have suffered a serious dent as far as plans of winning their 17th league crown are concerned.

Leaders KCCA’s 1-0 win over Express at Wankulukuku in Kampala imply that the Lugogo based side now has  51 points, two points ahead of second placed SC Villa who have also played two games more.

Angry SC Villa fans in Masaka demanded for the sacking of head coach Wasswa Bbosa over the appalling performance on the day.

Team Line ups:

SC Villa Jogoo XI: Arthur Mac Arakaza (G.K), Joseph Nsubuga, John Adriko, Patrick Mbowa (63’ Ayub Kisaliita), Henry Katongole, Tadeo Lwanga (Captain), Abel Eturude, Umar Kasumba, Ambrose Kirya (27’ Dennis Kamanzi), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Farouk Musisi (74′ Mike Ndeera)

Police XI: Davis Mutebi (G.K), Paul Willa, Arafat Ggaliwango, Martin Mpuuga, Tayimun, Hakim Ssenkumba, Rahamat Senfuka, Anthony Bongole, Yasin Mugume, Michael Birungi, Ochwo (55’Ben Ocen)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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