Azam Uganda Premier league
Onduparaka 1-1 KCCA FC
BetWay Stadium, Arua
Teenage striker shaban Muhamaad scored on his maiden return to the BetWay GreenLight stadium in Arua as his KCCA FC side drew 1-1 with Onduparaka in the Azam Uganda premier league.
Shaban scored in the seventh minute to put the two times league defending champions, KCCA into an early lead.
The ever green Viani Ssekajugo made sure that the home side don’t leave empty handed on the day as he scored a second half equalizer which sent KCCA third on the log.
The game started at a high speed as both sides attacked from the onset and it was the away side that struck the first blow as Muhammad Shaban raced onto an Allan Okello through ball and delightfully lobbed Onduparaka goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato to make it 1-0.
The Home side picked themselves up and pressed for an equalizer but KCCA goalkeeper Charles Lukwago twice denied Catapillers captain Rashid Toha by pulling off two excellent stops from the tall defender’s double set of free-kicks.
In between the two saves, Onduparaka were denied a penalty after Denis Okot brought down Viani Ssekajugo in the area as he tried to finish off an excellent move that involved a long ball from Toha at the half way line.
The rest of the first half was uneventful as KCCA went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The Second half saw Onduparaka throw everything they had to KCCA in an attempt to square the matters and it wasn’t until the 71st minute that they managed to get their reward.
A defensive mix up played Ceaser Ochuti in on goal and somehow he lost control of the ball which fell into the path of Viani Ssekajugo who unleashed a shot from inside the box, kissed the up –right before going in, much to the delight of hundreds of Onduparaka fans in attendance.
Onduparaka could have won it in injury time only for Ochuti to fail to beat Lukwago one on one and the ball bounced off the custodian for a corner.
What the coaches said after the game.
Simon Masaba, Onduparaka head coach:
“It’s a game we had to win given our second half performance,” started Onduparaka FC coach Simeone Masaba shortly after the game.
“KCCA FC is a big team, well organized but we gave them a huge run for their money, so I should say that a draw is not a bad result.”
Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC head coach:
“We played a very good football match for the fans that came to watch the game.
“It is a pity that we didn’t get all three points but we will keep on fighting until the end.
KCCA FC now slip to third with 45 points, following Vipers’ win in Masaka but have a game in hand.
The point sees Onduparaka FC displace Kirinya Jinja SS in fourth as the Catterpillars have collected 38 points from 24 games.
Other games played on Tuesday.
SC Villa 0-1 Vipers SC
Express 2-0 UPDF
Proline 3-1 Police