- KCCA 7-2 URA
Muhammad Shaban was the star man as KCCA rediscovered their goal scoring touch with a 7-2 victory over sleeping giants URA at StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.
The striker netted a quartet on the wet Lugogo turf while Allan Okello and substitutes Paul Mucureezi and Patrick Kaddu scored the other goals.
URA’s two consolation goals were netted by Jimmy Kulaba and Saidi Kyeyune.
The hosts started well with Shaban, Julius Poloto, Okello and Jackson Nunda asking questions.
Shaban broke the deadlock after eight minutes with a centre forward’s finish after a good cross in the area from the right.
URA responded well with former KCCA striker Herman Wasswa forcing goalie Charles Lukwago to tip his curler over the bar for a corner which the hosts defended.
In the 25th minute, Lukwago again denied Wasswa with a fine save off a well taken free kick but from the resultant corner, Kulaba netted from close range to make it 1-1.
The visitors came close to taking the lead but Wasswa effort flew over the bar after good work from Kagimu down the left while Timothy Awany was in the right place at the right time to block the forward’s shot moments later.
With three minutes to half time, Shaban put the Kasasiro in the lead again with an easy finish after goalie Mathias Muwanga parried Isaac Kirabira’s shot into his path.
Mike Mutebi made an immediate change at the start of the second half with Paul Mucureezi replacing the slow and off the pace Nunda.
KCCA came out the better side and twelve minutes later, Shaban grabbed his second hat trick of the season with another easy finish thanks to Muwanga’s gift and Mucureezi made it 4-1 with a deft finish in the 60th minute.
Paul Nkata was forced to withdraw calamitous Muwanga for Alionzi Nafian in goal and the former Onduparaka goalkeeper made some fine saves before he was breached in the 77th minute by Shaban after Kulaba slept on the job.
Kyeyune responded immediately with a strike from the edge of the area two minutes later but any slim hope of a comeback was put to an end by a sixth and seventh goal by Kaddu and Okello in the 89th and 90th minute respectively.
The result keeps KCCA 3rd on the log but have now trimmed the lead at the top to just a point with 48 points while URA stay 8th with 31 points.