Azam Uganda Premier league
Maroons 0-0 KCCA FC
Luzira Prisons’s Grounds
KCCA FC’s hopes of retaining the Azam Uganda premier league for a third year running suffered a huge set back on Wednesday evening after a 0-0 draw with Maroons FC at the Luzira Prison’s Grounds.
Mike Mutebi’s charges went into the fixture six points and two games behind leaders SC Villa and knew a win against Maroons and one in the other game in hand would see them level on points with the Jogoos but all they could get on the day was a point which leaves them five off the summit.
The game saw limited clear cut chances created by both sides despite both goal keepers being called into action on at least one occasion each.
KCCA’s custodian Charles Lukwago held his nerves while facing a one on one situation with Maroons forward Solomon Walusimbi earlier in the second half before the later blazed over from close range.
For the Maroons keeper, Ashadu Bugembe, he pulled off a brilliant save to deny KCCA FC teenage sensation Allan Okello’s 20 yard strike in stoppage time before substitute Muhammad Shaban header over the rebound.
Speaking after the game, KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi assured the media that his team will not be scrapping their identity in the name of winning like so many people are suggesting.
“Today we played a very good team and managed to get a result away from home, said Mutebi after the game.
“They(Maroons) are one of the best foot balling sides in the league and it is not a coincidence that they are where they are on the league table.
“The only frustrating issue for us is that we are creating so many chances but the goals are not going in.
“It is not the biggest of concerns for me but it is irritating and we need to start scoring as soon as possible.
Asked about his team’s chances of winning the league after falling five points behind Villa despite having a game in hand, Mutebi had this to say.
“We will continue fighting till the end because we are very much still in it.
“It is Villa who are supposed to be worried now because it is them looking over their shoulders not us.
“Some people have come out and suggested that we change our style of play in the name of winning but i can assure you that that is not going to happen, never.
The result means that KCCA are now second on the log with 44 points from 22 games while Maroons remain sixth with 32 points from 24 matches played.
KCCA will have to travel to Arua and face Onduparaka in their next game on Tuesday while Maroons are away to URA on Friday the 20th.