FUFA Big League 2021 (Match Day 1 Results):
- Gaddafi 1-0 Mbale Heroes
- Arua Hill 3-1 Blacks Power
- Maroons 3-1 Paidha Black Angels
- Calvary 1-0 Kataka
- Tooro United 2-1 Water
- Proline 4-0 Kigezi Home Boyz
- Ndejje University 0-0 Nyamityobora
- Luweero United 0-0 Terrazo & Tiles
The 2021 FUFA Big League officially got underway on Thursday, March 25, 2021 with 8 match across the different corners of the country.
A total of 17 goals were scored in the opening match day one games in both the Elgon and Rwenzori groups.
At the Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe, Jinja city, newly promoted Gaddafi overcame a resilient Mbale Heroes outfit.
Joel Madondo was the hero with the lone strike of the well-attended game that was televised live on Sanyuka TV.
Madondo, a former Busoga United and Wydad Casablanca forward volleyed home in the 35th minute off a well-executed delivery by impressive winger Frank Mulimi.
As early as the second minute, Gaddafi had a brilliant start when Madondo’s defence splitter to Mulimi almost broke the hearts of the visitors.
Mulimi’s final ball inside the goal area was thwarted by goalkeeper Hilbert Hatimu to the relief of the visiting crew.
Three minutes later, Gaddafi remained the team on mission when Ibrahim Massa’s corner kick was headed harmlessly by defender Fesali Najib.
Mbale Heroes first attempt towards the Gaddafi goal area came on 8 minutes.
Roving right back Ibrahim Kibumba had an inswinging cross cleared by Najib and the rebound from Vicent Owundo was way off target.
Mbale Heroes defender Joash Opima blocked a shot from Mulimi for an unsuccessful corner-kick after 10 minutes.
Gaddafi forward Ronald Bithum needed medical attention to soldier on after a head knock from Mbale Heroes’ dread-locked captain Jamaldin Buchochera.
On the quarter hour mark, Buchochera got cautioned for a foul on Madondo inside the visitors’ half.
Mbale Heroes earned their first corner kick when Willis Otong cleared a dangerous low drive from Alex Akapyo on 20 minutes.
A chance to break the deadlock by Gaddafi was foiled by defender Godfrey Lubankene after a successful block that followed a shot from Madondo after a Mulimi well squared ball.
With 2 minutes to the half hour mark, Gaddafi right back Ibrahim Massa was cautioned for a late challenge onto Joel Male.
Moments later, Akapyo got booked for dangerous play towards the Gaddafi captain Pascal Ngobi.
Inside the final 10 minutes of the opening stanza, Gaddafi overlapping right back Massa had a great delivery headed away by Kibumba.
Madondo volleyed home the opener, thanks to a perfectly executed chip by Mulimi from the right in the 36th minute.
Kibumba had an opportunity to equalize but his free-kick was blocked by the Gaddafi defensive wall.
Mbale Heroes midfielder Akapyo recovered to soldier on from a knock towards the closing minutes of the first half.
Upon restart of play for the final 45 minutes, Mbale Heroes rested Vincent Owundo for Davis Mayanja.
Mbale Heroes left back Joash Opima executed a distant shot well handled by goalkeeper Muhamed Didi Kasule on 50 minutes.
Akakyo paved way former SC Villa striker Ronald Magwali in Mbale Heroes’ second change.
Gaddafi called for a double change 10 minutes into the second half. Bithum and Kyeyune were rested for Steven Munguchi and Ronald Obele respectively.
Obele straight away got involved into action with a simple curled shot that goalkeeper Hatimu tamed with ease.
After 63 minutes, Mbale Heroes called for the third change. Towering center forward Goddy Otika replaced Oluka Okori.
Madondo curled over a free-kick from an acute angle on the left flank after a hand ball foul by defender Opima with 20 minutes to play.
Godwin Kawagga replaced the largely effective Mulimi inside the final quarter of the game.
In the final minutes of the game, towering defender Fesali Najib was stretchered out with a knee injury.
As Andrew Waiswa was being prepared to be introduced, referee Ronald Kirangwa ended the game to give Gaddafi their first victory of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the other Elgon group contests witnessed Maroons outsmarted Paidha Black Angels 3-1 at the Prisons Stadium, Luzira in the heart capital city, Kampala.
Another newly promoted side Calvary edged Mbale based Kataka 1-0 at the Green Light Stadium in Arua.
Arua Hill smiled 3-1 over Blacks Power (formerly Bukedea Town Council) at the Barifa play-ground.
In the Rwenzori Group, Ndejje University and Nyamityobora shared the spoils during a goal-less stalemate at the Arena of Visions in Bombo.
The same result was said of newly promoted Luwero Town Council and Terrazo & Tiles.
Tooro United under Edward Golola as head coach started brilliantly with a 2-1 win against Water at the Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal.
At the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo, Proline humiliated Kigezi Home Boyz 4-0.
Match day two continues over the weekend with a well lined up fixture of games at different venues; key of which Maroons visit Gaddafi in Jinja and Tooro United will play Proline at Lugogo.
Team Line Ups:
Gaddafi XI: Muhamed Didi Kasule (G.K), Ibrahim Massa, Thomas Ochungu, Willis Otong, Fesal Najib, Pascal Ngobi (Captain), Lawrence Kasadha, Umar Kyeyune, Joel Madondo, Frank Mulimi,Ronald Bithum
Subs: Paul Mujampwani (G.K), Andrew Waiswa, Naziru Sserwadda, Steven Munguchi, Ronald Obele, Godwin Kawagga, Mark Bamukyaye
Head coach: Frank Ssebaggala
Assistant coach: Michael Sebagala
Mbale Heroes XI: Hilbert Hatimu (G.K), Ibrahim Kibumba, Joash Opima, Jamaldin Buchochera (Captain), Godfrey Lubankene, Alex Akapyo, Faizo Kiberu, Akiramu Munyol, Vincent Owundo, Joel Male, Oluka Okori
Ibrahim Bashir (G.K), Rashid Matovu, Gody Otika, Ronald Magwali, Joel Ayalla, Jakon Daniel, Davis Mayanja
Head coach: Bobic Odowa