South Ankole Nathan Ahimbisibwe blesses the man of the match plaque to Muhammed Matovu Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] South Ankole Nathan Ahimbisibwe blesses the man of the match plaque to Muhammed Matovu Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Whoever questions the old school assertion that football is the most beautiful sport needs to be questioned alike.

Despite the concrete barricades of skin colour, cultural, tribal or religious inclination, football has time immemorial broken the chains of self enslavement with that all embracing component for all.

No doubt , the beautiful game has time over and again provided that rich plat form to foster unity for all, joy unlimited, profound excitement and abundant life changing opportunities for the diligent servants.

The FUFA Inter-provinces match between Ankole and Karamoja at the Kyamate play ground provided that perfect environ to exhibit the aforementioned components.

First, visiting fans from the North East region of the Karamoja province freely mixed with the Westerners.

There was good football exhibited and best of all, the South Ankole Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe blessed the man of the match, a one Muhammed Matovu from the muslim sect.

Matovu had been one of the scorers in Ankole’s 3-1 win at home.

[/media-credit] Muhammed Matovu dribbles the game as three Karamoja province players keep the chase Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

“The Bishop prayed for me and i picked the man of the match award and cash (Shs 100,000). The match was good and credit goes to the technical team, my fellow players and fans” Matovu, who turns out for Western regional outfit, Rushere United noted.

Jam Football Club forward Kodet Ferrer put the visiting team in the lead after 25 minutes, ironically against the run of play.

Kodet reacted faster to pounce home ball from close range with an incredible follow up after a harm-less shot by Islam FC’ Majid Ayob was not well dealt with by Mbarara City goalkeeper Muhammed Ssekeba.

Ankole quickly recovered from the shock and restored parity through Mbarara City’s Clinton Kamugisha on 30 minutes.

Kamugisha’s half volley beat Karamoja goalkeeper Rajab Kajoba in the goal posts for the much needed equalizer.

[/media-credit] South Ankole Nathan Ahimbisibwe hands over the man of the match plaque to Muhammed Matovu Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Ankole XI Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Soana pacy winger Siraje Turyamureeba put Ankole in the lead for the first time of the game through a well roofed penalty on 53 minutes.

The penalty was awarded by referee Rashid Kimera after Kotido Vipers’ Bernard Ochien illegally felled down the exciting Nyamitybora left winger Joseph Akwandwanaho in the forbidden area.

Rushere Football club play maker Muhammed “Meddie” Matovu wrapped up the scoring business in the 86th minute connecting home off a good cross from the left by second half substitute Sadat Nsubuga.

This was Ankole’s second win that takes them to 6 points, two shy of the leaders, West Nile.

Meanwhile, West Nile overcame Tooro at the fully packed Buhinga sports ground in Fort Portal.

Express forward Alfred Leku (on loan from Vipers) scored the all important goal for the visiting West Nile team.

Tooro’s Timothy Musinguzi was named man of the match.

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

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