Solomon Walusimbi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Solomon Walusimbi limped off as Maroons drew goalless with Mbarara City Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Maroons extended their unbeaten run in the Uganda Premier League to eight games with a hard fought draw against visiting side Mbarara City on Tuesday.

Asaph Mwebaze’s charges, fresh from an inspiring 1-1 draw with Vipers were surprisingly outplayed from the word go, and were very fortunate to bag a point.

Maroons’ captain Sylvester Okello and his namesake Maxwell had a very busy evening, with Mbarara forwards Brian Ahabwe, Makweth Wol and Solomon Okwalinga causing all sorts of problems at the  back.

Mbarara had a long range shot from defender Yeseri Waibi go slightly wide, and Makweth’s hard shot in the 87th minute that could have sealed the three points for the visitors hit the post.

There was another shot from Okwalinga that the Prisons side survived in the dying minutes thanks to a block from Ronald Orombi.

Maroons who were without first team players Eddy Kapampa, Fred Okot and Richard Ayiko had their best opportunity and only their lone attempt on goal in the first half come in form of Junior Amanya’ free kick in the 39th minute.

Their second chance which was their last attempt on goal also came in form of a free kick that was taken by substitute Ronald Muganga late in the second half. Muganga replaced striker Solomon Walusimbi who limped off in the 60th minute.

The Ankole Lions had a field day, but were unfortunate not to find the back of the net. The side will feel unlucky to return home with just a one point bagged.

For their defensive organization, defender Harishe Asuman won the Man of the Match.

The stalemate coupled with Kirinya-Jinja SSS’ victory at UPDF and URA’s win against Soana mean Maroons drop two spots down the table to ninth. Mbarara City remain placed tenth.

In their next league outing, Maroons travel to Jinja to face Kirinya-Jinja SSS while Mbarara City host champions KCCA next month.

Marion Malinga

Staff Writer for Kawowo Sports

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