Police's Ben Ocen celebrates one of two goals against Soltilo Bright Stars at Lugogo (Credit: John Batanudde)

Stanbic Uganda Cup (Round of 16 – 1st Leg)

  • Police 4-1 Soltilo Bright Stars
  • Proline 2-1 Mbale Heroes
  • Maroons 0-2 KCCA
  • Wakiso Giants 5-1 Tooro United

Police humbled Soltilo Bright Stars 4-1 during the first leg of the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 16 clash at the MTN Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.

Ben Ocen led the assault with a brace before Yusuf Ssozi and second half substitute Derrick Kakooza scored the goals for Abdallah Mubiru’s side.

Joseph Janjali’s earlier equalizer was turned into a mere consolation for Soltilo Bright Stars ahead of the return leg on Wednesday, 5th May 2021.

Ocen tapped home the opener just after two minutes into th game.

Janjali beat the off-side trap before slotting the ball through the legs of the advancing goalkeeper Derrick Ochan for the equalizer on the quarter hour mark.

Joseph Janjali celebrates his goal

Soltilo Bright Stars’ defender Allan Katwe got cautioned for a foul on Frank “Zagga” Tumwesigye after 20 minutes.

Veteran midfielder Tonny Mawejje set up Ssozi who finished past goalkeeper Simon Tamale from close range and Police regained their lead on 22 minutes.

On the half hour mark, Mawejje shot narrowly wide from 20 yards before Ocen made it three with a stunning left footed shot four minutes later.

Upon restart of the second half, Soltilo Bright Stars made three changes.

Striker Samuel Ssekamatte, Joseph Akandanahwo and Davis Ssekajja were introduced.

Police’s Ruben Kimera takes on Emmanuel Loki of Soltilo Bright Stars at Lugogo (Credit: John Batanudde)

Police also reacted with the introduction of Mubarak Nsubuga for winger Muwadda Mawejje.

Ssekamatte slipped down to the ground as he approached the goal area in the 62nd minute.

Soltilo Bright Stars then brought on Henry Kiwanuka for Augustine Kacancu’s place

With twenty minutes to play, Ruben Kimera shot straight to the goalkeeper Simon Tamale off the weaker right foot.

Akandanahwo headed out off Janjali’s cross from the right as the visitors intensified their raids.

Tonny Mawejje is tackled by Soltilo Bright Stars defender Allan Katwe (Credit: John Batanudde)

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Police called for a double change.

Herman Wasswa Nteza and Derrick Kakooza replaced Tumwesigye and Brian Muluuli Mayanja respectively.

It took only two minutes for super sub Kakooza to make his presence felt with Police’s fourth goal, a booted goal from an acute angle.

Substitute Alfred Onek laid a good ball but fellow sub Henry Kiwanuka arrived just on time at the back post  but effort hits the lower post

Police rested two goal hero Ocen for winger for Duncan Sseninde on the stroke of added time.

Ssekamatte got cautioned for protesting inside the  three added minutes as Soltilo Bright Stars got visibly frustrated by the performance and result.

4-1 the final score ended ahead of the return leg which will be played on Wednesday, 5th May 2021 at the Kavumba Recreational Stadium, Wakiso.

Meanwhile, the earlier game played at Lugogo witnessed Proline beat a hard fighting Mbale Heroes 2-1 during the 1 PM kick off duel.

Captain Noordin Bunjo and defender Savio Kabugo were on target for Proline with dreadlocked Mbale Heroes skipper Jamaldin Buchochera finding the consolation for the visitors with a beautiful diving header.

At the Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium in Wakiso, home side Wakiso Giants humiliated visiting Tooro United 5-1.

Frank Ssebuufu, Ivan Bogere (brace), Viane Ssekajjugo and Rahmat Ssenfuka scored for Wakiso Giants.

Lethal forward Marvin Oshaba found the consolation for Edward Golola’s Tooro United.

KCCA beat Maroons 2-0 at the Prisons Stadium in Luzira with the goals in either half coming from defenders Herbert Achai and Hassan Jurua.

The Stanbic Uganda Cup returns on Monday, 3rd May 2021 with a single game as Vipers play host to army side UPDF at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende during the return leg.

Vipers smiled 3-1 in the first leg duel played at the Bombo Military Stadium on Saturday.

Police XI Vs Soltilo Bright Stars (Credit: John Batanudde)

Team Line Ups:

Police XI: Derrick Ochan (G.K), Tonny Kiwalazi, Ruben Kimera, Hassan Mohamood, Henry Katongole, Tonny Mawejje (Captain), Muwadda Mawejje, Yusuf Ssozi, Ben Ocen, Frank Tumwesigye, Brian Muluuli Mayanja

Subs: Tom Ikara (G.K), Derrick Kakooza, Mubaraka Nsubuga, Herman Wasswa Nteza, Duncan Sseninde, George Kiryowa

Head coach: Abdallah Mubiru

Soltilo Bright Stars Vs Police (Credit: John Batanudde)

Soltilo Bright Stars XI: Simon Tamale (G.K), Samson Mutyaba, Simon Ssemayange, Derrick Ngoobi, Allan Katwe, Sula Ssebunza, Joseph Marvin, Augustine Kacancu, Joseph Janjali, Emmanuel Loki, Ronald Nkonge

Subs: Shamulan K (G.K), Andrew Kyambadde, Davis Ssekajja, Alfred Onek, Samuel Ssekamatte Kayongo, Joseph Akandwanaho, Henry Kiwanuka

Head coach: Baker Mbowa

Assistant coach: Simon Peter Mugerwa

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

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