The Stanbic Uganda Cup 2018
Synergy FC 0-1 KCCA FC
Masaka Recreation Grounds, Masaka
KCCA FC moved a step closer to the Uganda finals with a 1-0 win over Synergy at the Masaka Recreation Grounds.
The reigning champions ensured that they take a slender lead into the return leg thanks to a Patrick Kaddu 21st minute.
Kaddu received a delightful defence splitting pass from midfielder Eric Ssenjobbe and volleyed home with his weaker left foot, catching the goalkeeper by surprise.
Three minutes later, Senjobe was cautioned for unsporting conduct.
Efforts by Synergy to make amends hit a dead as Ivan Ahimbisibwe, Mbido Kalaga and the hard working Oscar Agaba were all closed door on numerous goal scoring opportunities created.
The visitors were denied a second goal when inform striker Derrick Paul Nsibambi’s effort was ruled out for off-side.
What the coaches said after the game.
Mike Mutebi, KCCA FC:
“The synergy boys played very well and that gave us a run for our money.
“We did not to enough, never in control of the game but it was all down to them.
“We have so many player who are inconsistent and can not be backed on and that why i will stick to young player.
“The big teams have a lot of average player who get complacent easily.
“I am so annoyed with these so called senior player and i am going to get your player who are hungry for success.
“Yes we have a slender advantage going into the second leg but we need not to get complacent.
Synergy coach, Brian Ssenyondo:
“It was a very good game of football, we played and got better chances than KCCA.
“We made one mistake and that made us to pay dearly and that’s where we lost the game.
The Kasasiro Boys are seeking to win it for the seventh time and are currently the defending champions having defeated Paidha Black Angels 2-0 in last year’s final.
The second leg will be played at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo later this week.
The other semi final between Vipers and Sports Club Villa saw the first leg end goalless on Sunday afternoon.
The final will be played in June and hosted in Kumi Municipality.
The winner of the Uganda Cup earns a direct ticket to represent the country in the CAF Confederation cup.
Tom Ikara (G.K), Denis Okot (Cpt), Fillbert Obenchan, Peter Magambo, Eric Senjobe, Lawrence Bukenya, Sadam Ibrahim Juma, Solomon Okwalinga, Allan Okello, Patrick Kaddu, Derrick Paul.