Mukono Kings' custodian David Wafula acrobatically saves a free kick near the box in the first half. He saved from the spot later in the second half | Credit: George Katongole

USSSA Boys Football Championship | Day Three Selected Results

  • Mukono Kings’ 0-0 Standard High Zzana
  • Dynamic 0-0 Fort Portal SS
  • Kitende 0-0 Mpigi Mixed
  • St Augustine 0-1 Buddo
  • Francis Ayume 0-2 Jipra
  • Amus College 0-0 Latifa 
  • St Pontiano 1-1 Martyrs Rubaga
  • Bugangari 0-1 Nile High
  • Mukono Kings’ 2-0 Hope SS Nakirebe
Mukono Kings’ captain Ismail Ndifuna with a flying tackle to clear the ball out of danger | Credit: George Katongole

Nestroy Kizito flailed his arms on the sidelines, a physical demand for more.

“Keep pressing,” with his voice almost getting hoarse, Kizito, the head coach of Standard High Zzana hollered as his team tied with debutants Mukono Kings’ in a goalless draw at the ongoing Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA) Boys Football championship in Arua Hill. He was frustrated that his players were not exhibiting the desired amount of energy.

But Kings’ who were playing their second game of the day after a 2-0 win over Hope SS Nakirebe in the 8:00am kick off, were unshaken with goalkeeper David Wafula between the sticks.

Standard High Zzana coach Nestroy Kizito was unhapy with his team’s performance | Credit: George Katongole

Twice in the first half, he was called to save Kings’ pride but it was in the second half when he did the unthinkable saving from the spot-kick after the central defender fouled a goal-bound striker.

Calm on the line, he punched away the ball to the joy of his players who thought the awarded penalty was unfair.

It is something he has done a lot this campaign; saving the team from near elimination at the district and zonal finals.

Just minutes after Wafula’s save, Kings’ captain Ismail Ndifuna was fouled in the box and even though he needed lengthy medical attention, no penalty was awarded.

Kings’ who have now won two games, lost one and drawn the other, have accumulated seven points while Standard High Zzana are on four points in a group that has nine teams.

King’s coach Shafiq Mudholo praised his players.

“Wafula has changed the momentum for us in many games. He’s a special player,” he said.

“But as a team, we played collectively and I am very happy,” Mudholo added.

His opposite number Nestroy Kizito was however unhappy with his team failing to capitalise.

“We missed many opportunities because we had a chance to turn this game into a win,” Kizito, the former SC Villa and Uganda Cranes leftback, said.

George Katongole

George Katongole is a leading Ugandan sports journalist.

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