Uganda U-20 forward Richard Basangwa takes on Herbert Achai at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo (Credit: John Batanudde)

Build Up Match: KCCA 2-1 Uganda Hippos

Key elements characterized Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Football Club’s build up with the Uganda Hippos at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

There were three goals scored in total, a red card to the visitors, a penalty saved and severe rains at the advent of this closed door game.

For almost the entire duration of the match, Uganda Hippos played a man less in their final build up before departing for the CECAFA U-20 championship in Tanzania.

KCCA recovered from a goal down to win the game 2-1, thanks to second half substitute Denis Iguma’s brilliant header and a stunner from Samson Andrew Kigozi.

The Uganda Hippos had taken the early lead when KCCA defender Herbert Achai diverted Raymond Derrick Onyai’s teasing delivery from the left past his own goalkeeper Ali Mwirusi for the opener.

The juniors were unfortunate however having lost left back Azizi Kayondo in the third minute when the Vipers’ player was sent for an early shower for a malicious high tackle on the head of KCCA defender Samuel Kato.

Steven Sserwadda tackles Ashraf Mugume on a wet astro turf at MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo (Credit: John Batanudde)

KCCA did not make the numerical advantage count until the second half.

In the first half, their team captain Julius Poloto also missed a kick from the penalty spot when he was foiled by Ascent Academy goalkeeper Jack Komakech.

The early stages of the game were played under a heavy rain storm that showered moments towards the end of the teams’ limbering sessions.

Hippos got a grey start with Kayondo’s direct red card showed by FUFA Referee George William “Brown” Nkurunziza following a high booted tackle onto the head of Kato.

FUFA Referee George William Nkurunziza on duty

Kato was taken out for medication and managed to return after a mild concussion to soldier on.

Eight minutes into the game, Najib Yiga fouled Ashraf Mugume on the half way mark as KCCA was granted the set piece opportunity.

Uganda U-20 striker Derrick Kakooza, a player at Police FC fired a shot towards goal but a heavy deflection off Kato won them their maiden corner 11 minutes into the game.

Two minutes later, Hippos took the lead as Achai diverted Onyai’s harmless cross from the left past goalkeeper Mwirusi for the opener.

Joseph Basangwa takes on two KCCA players (Credit: John Batanudde)

On the quarter hour mark, KCCA’s Dominic Ayella curled the ball from 30 yards but the U-20 goalkeeper Komakech was equal to the task at hand.

After 20 minutes, Richard Basangwa, one of the most impressive U-20  players on the chilly evening easily beat Achai before he laid the ball for Yiga.

The Vipers player shot wide of Mwirusi’ goal posts.

Two minutes ahead, Steven Sserwadda, playing in an unfamiliar right back role beat four KCCA players for pace and trickery before he was fouled 35 yards from goal.

Uganda U-20 midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga passes the ball during their friendly match against KCCA at Lugogo (Credit: John Batanudde)

The resultant free-kick by midfielder Bobosi Byaruhanga spilled in the palms of Mwirusi before the youthful goalkeeper recovered to save.

On the break, Achai crossed for striker Sadat Anaku who headed over Komakech’s goal posts.

Come the 25th minute, Basangwa’s cross was headed over by Byaruhanga in the goal area.

KCCA reacted with a quick counter and right back Peter Magambo’s delivery was headed out of danger by Hippos’ towering center-half Ramathan Musa.

The half hour mark witnessed a caution to Kato from the referee following a foul on Basangwa, who was deployed as an inverted winger on the Hippos’ right flank.

Yiga blasted high and over the resultant free-kick from an acute angle.

Ivan Asaba with the ball as KCCA’s Samson Andrew Kigozi closes by (Credit: John Batanudde)

KCCA won a penalty in the 40th minute after Ramathan fouled Kigozi in the area.

Goalkeeper Komakech dived to his right to parry away the kick from KCCA skipper Poloto and keep the game in favour of the Hippos.

Uganda U-20 goalkeeper Jack Komakech saves a penalty from Julius Poloto

Poloto headed onto the lower right post off Achai’s well swung in cross from the right as the home team sought for the equalizer.

Towards the end of the opening half, Byaruhange had a venomous free-kick deflected for a corner kick that Sserwadda delivered and the goalkeeper Mwirusi pushed away in a forest of bodies.

The last piece of action for the opening half saw Onyai combine with left back Joseph Kafumbe with a wall-pass as the latter shot to the side netting and Kakooza had a 20 yarder shot saved by Mwirusi as the opening half was led by the U-20 team 1-0.

Uganda U-20 striker Derrick Kakooza

When the second stanza of the game came knocking, both sides rung a couple of changes.

KCCA introduced Denis Iguma, Fillbert Obenchan, Jerome Otim and Moses Kalanzi.

The U-20 team had fresh legs for the Ivan trio of  Bogere, Asaba and Eyam, Joseph Kizza Bukenya, Kitabalwa, Richard Bbosa, Andrew Kawooya, Wilber Wamala and Richard Bbosa.

Bogere’s impact was instant as he forced a save from Mwirusi off 30 yards.

KCCA’s Moses Aliro also had a distant shot tipped outside the field of play by Komakech with Poloto’s resultant corner-kick headed out.

The 1963 founded club continued with the soul searching effort that got rewarded when a totally unmarked Iguma jumped high to connect to Poloto’s in-swinging corner kick from the left flank for the equalizer after 65 minutes.

Byaruhanga had a customary low-driven free-kick well defended for a fruit-less corner-kick.

Kigozi shot into the roof of the net from the right flank just outside the goal area with 25 minutes to play and boss the game for the first time.

Joseph Kizza Bukenya beats Moses Aliro (Credit: John Batanudde)
Derrick Kakooza fights for ball possession with Samuel Kato (Credit: John Batanudde)

A seemingly limping Asaba was pulled out for rest and on came towering Alpha Ssali in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Goalkeeper Komakech also rested for Dennis Ssenyondwa in the final 5 minutes.

Ssali, son to music icon Moses “Bebe Cool” Ssali got close to finding the equalizer but his shot from 20 yards sailed out of the goal post as KCCA held on to win the contest.

Alpha Ssali (controlling the ball). Ssali nearly scored the equalizer at the death

This was the second game between the two teams in a week, the first duel ending in a 3 all stalemate.

The Uganda U-20 team is preparing for the CECAFA U-20 championship that will be staged in Arusha, Tanzania (23rd November to 6th December 2020).

With results of the second COVID-19 tests expected on Wednesday, 18th November 2020, Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso will release the final list of 20 players for the tournament ahead of the team traveling the following day.

Team Line Ups:

KCCA XI: Ali Mwirusi (G.K), Samuel Kato, Peter Magambo, Herbert Achai, Ashraf Mugume, Samson Andrew Kigozi, Julius Poloto, Dominic Ayella, Kezironi Kizito, Sadat Anaku, Moses Aliro

Subs: Dennis Iguma, Fillbert Obenchan, Moses Kalanzi, Jerome Otim

Manager: Mike Mutebi

KCCA Football Club manager Mike Mutebi (Credit: John Batanudde)
Uganda U-20 team that faced KCCA at the MYN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo

Uganda U20: Jack Komakech (G.K), Steven Sserwadda, Aziz Kayondo, Joseph Kafumbe, Kenneth Ssemakula, Musa Ramathan, Richard Basangwa,  Bobosi Byaruhanga, Derrick Raymond Onyai, Najib Yiga, Derrick Kakooza

Subs: Dennis Ssenyondwa (G.K), Wilber Wamala, Robert Kitabalwa, Richard Bbosa, Ivan Eyam, Ashraf Mulinde, Faisal Wabyona, Andrew Kawooya, Ivan Bogere, Alpha Ssali

Head coach: Morley Byekwaso

Morley Byekwaso on the touchline
KCCA captain Julius Poloto and Uganda Hippos’ stand-in captain Azizi Kayondo pose with the match officials prior to kick off

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

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