FOOTBALL–After all the build up to the game was dominated by FUFA finally availing Shaban Muhammad with a licence to play for KCCA, the former Onduparaka striker was given handed his debut against table leader Police FC.
In a game which was dominated by Police FC from the onset, it took Shaban only 15 minutes to get off the mark as he lashed onto a Saddam Juma through ball, dinked the ball over the goalkeeper and tapped into an empty net to send the fans into a frenzy.
Shaban was clearly up for the fight and rattled the cross bar in the 45th minute when he imprivised greatly, over heading a Derrick Nsibambi cut back.
Dispite Police’s possesion and silky passing in the first half, Charles Lukwago in the KCCA goal was only treated to long range shots which he comfortably saved.
KCCA were forced into early second half substitutions as both striker Nsibambi and midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba were replaced in quick succession carrying what looked like knocks.
On came Tito Okello and club captain Denis Okot.
Mutyaba’s substitution ment a change in shape as Allan Katerega who had started as a right Winger slotted into the middle and Okot moved out wide.
The move for Katerega into the middle was clearly a master class by coach Mike Mutebi as the on loan midfielder started creating several chances and also had two shots but the cross bar with the later purried onto the cross bar by stand in Police goalkeeper David Mutebi in the 76th minute.
Police’s biggest chance in the game came on 87 minutes when Basan Safi failed to find the target un marked six yards from the goal after fellow substitute had found him superbly from a corner.
A minute later, Allan Katerega ensured that KCCA take all three points when dribble his way into the Police penalty area, did several step over past defender Steven Mugisha and sloted in past the on rashing Davis Mutebi to calm the nerves of the KCCA faithfuls.
Mike Mutebi, KCCA head coach, said his club played against a team that clearly wants to play.
“It good for Shaban to score on his debut and may be that will do his confidence a whole lot of good,” Abdullah Mubiru, Police FC coach, said.
“We didn’t defend well and that’s why we suffered but we tried to play and compete against the champions,” he added.
KCCA FC now move into third position on the log with 16 points having played a game less on the top two.
Police FC still lead the table with 17 points from 10 games.
What next for both clubs
KCCA FC travel to Kavumba on Saturday to play Soana while Police host URA at Namboole on the same day.
Results from the other games played on Tuesday
Bright Stars FC 2 – 1 Onduparaka FC
BUL FC 0 – 1 SC Villa
URA FC 1 – 1 Proline FC
UPDF FC 1 – 1 Vipers SC
Maroons FC 0 – 0 Soana FC
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC 1 – 0 Mbarara City FC
Express FC 1 – 2 Masavu FC