Arafat Usama sandwiched by Police playersd during the Lugogo derby (Credit: KCCA FC Media)

2021-2022 Uganda Premier League (Matchday 21):

  • Police 1-1 KCCA
  • Arua Hill 1-0 Soltilo Bright Stars
  • UPDF 0-1 Wakiso Giants

Two well-struck set pieces under the opening 10 minutes defined the Lugogo all affair as KCCA and Police shared the spoils one-all at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Kampala.

Ashraf Mugume, a former Police player, curled home a free-kick past Tom Ikara, ironically a former KCCA goalkeeper, from the edge of the area as early as the fourth minute.

This happened after towering forward Davis Kasirye was fouled.

Four minutes later, Police smiled with an equalizer. Juma Balinya, a former KCCA player, beat captain Benjamin Ochan from 12 yards with a calmly hit penalty following a foul by Arafat Usama in the area.

Usama was consequently booked as Balinya sent Ochan the wrong way for the equalizer.

Kasirye had his header fly over after an inviting cross by Brian Majwega in the 21st minute.

The former BUL, UPDF, Vipers and Express forward again missed on the hour mark after he was set up by Patrick Henry Kaddu following Hassan Jurua’s long ball.

It was KCCA again, two minutes later when Kasirye headed over after another Majwega cross.

Police’s Frank Kalanda was cautioned for interrupting the start of play in the 37th minute.

Sadat Anaku’s lob kissed the woodwork but was later flagged offside by the first assistant referee in the 41st minute.

At the start of the second half, KCCA pushed on the pair of Rogers Mato and Fillbert Obenchan for Kasirye and Innocent Wafula respectively.

Mato headed wide from his first touch off a cross from Majwega in the 49th minute.

It was Mato again with a chance on the hour mark, forcing Ikara to tip over for a corner kick.

Mugume had a chance in the 64th minute to double his personal and team goal tally on the evening, but missed from 25 yards.

KCCA made a change in the 71st minute when forward Erisa Ssekisambu came on for Anaku.

Police’s goalie Ikara and Reuben Kimera were cautioned for time wasting and a foul respectively with 7 minutes to play.

One-all the final score read as KCCA missed the chance to overtake Vipers who host Busoga United on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

Eric Ssenjobe was named the player of the match.

Eric Ssenjobe shows off the man of the match placard

The 13 team league winners remain second on the 16 team log with 42 points, one behind Vipers.

Police is 9th with 23 points fetched thus far.

Meanwhile, Arua Hill and Wakiso Giants also recorded slim 1-0 victories over Soltilo Bright Stars and UPDF respectively.

Joseph Bright Vuni scored Arua Hill’s only goal past Soltilo Bright Stars at Barifa stadium in Arua city whilst Rahumat Senfuka found Wakiso Giants’ goal away at Bombo,

Team Line Ups

Police XI: Tom Ikara (GK), Joseph Sentume, Ruben Kimera, Eric Ssenjobe, George Kiryowa, Misi Ssemugera, Ssozi, Samuel Kayongo (81’ Marvin Oshaba), Juma Balinya, Emmanuel Mugume (36’ John Lincoln Mukisa), Frank Kalanda (46’ Tonny Mawejje)

Subs Not Used: Abdul Kimera (G.K), Herman Wasswa Nteza, Fahad Kizito, Sammy Ssebaduka

Head coach: Abdallah Mubiru

KCCA XI: Benjamin Ochan (GK, Captain), Innocent Wafula (46’ Fillbert Obenchan), Denis Iguma, Herbert Achai, Hassan Jurua, Arafat Usama, Ashraf Mugume, Brian Majwega, Sadat Happy Anaku (71’ Erisa Ssekisambu), Davis Kasirye (46’ Rogers Mato), Patrick Henry Kaddu

Subs Not Used: Ali Mwirusi (G.K), Stefano Mazengo, Ibrahim Juma, Elvis Mwanje

Head coach: Badru Kaddu

Match officials:

  • Center Referee: William Oloya
  • Assistant Referee 1: Lydia Wanyama Nantabo
  • Assistant Referee 2: Robson Atusinguza
  • Fourth official: Amon Ainebyona
  • Match Assessor: Dennis Batte

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

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