Pilsner-FUFA Super 8
KCCA FC 3-2 Bul FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
KCCA FC withstood a late charge from Bul to defeat the Jinja based side 3-2 in the FUFA Super 8 match played at the Star Times Stadium on Saturday.
Allan Kyambadde, Muzamiru Mutyaba and Mustafa Kizza put KCCA into a 3-0 lead inside the first hour and the game looked done and dust.
However, Bul had other ideas as 20 year old striker Hamis Tibita scored two quick goals to create a tense finish to the game.
Despite Tibita and co throwing everything they had at KCCA, the reigning Uganda cup champions held onto their first ever win in the competition.
Kyambadde who moved to KCCA from rivals SC Villa two weeks ago, was named man of the match, a feat that came along with cash reward of Shs 150,000.
How the action unfolded:
KCCA got off to a dream start when debutant Allan Kyambadde shot the home side into a quick lead inside the opening two minutes of the game.
The first caution of the game went to Bul skipper Hakim Magombe for protesting referee, Moshood Ssali’s decision to award KCCA a free-kick after Allan Okello’s goal bound effort was blocked by defender Abdul Mayanja using his arm. Muzamiru Mutyaba’s resultant free-kick hit the defensive wall for a corner.
BUL had a chance to quickly make amends when Hamis Tibita’s curling shot hit the woodwork on the 21 minutes. KCCA goalkeeper Tom Ikara was well positioned to parry away the resultant header off former Paidha Black Angels forward Oromochan Villa.
At the other end, BUL goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwato pulled off a great save to deny Okello from range.
On 41 minutes, Kyambadde missed a glorious opportunity to double his tally on the day when he failed to beat Ssebwato from close range.
Despite the numerous opportunities, both teams went into the break separated by Kyambadde’s early strike.
At the start of the second half, Muzamir Mutyaba struck home a Okello delivery to make it 2-0 to the home side.
Four minutes to the hour mark, left wing back Mustapha Kizza expertly curled home a free-kick from 25 yards to put KCCA 3-0 up and the game looked done and dusted.
However, BUL pulled a goal back five minutes later when Hamis Tibita combined well with debutant Villa Oromochan to beat Ikara with a low drive.
With 22 minutes of the 90 to play, Oromochan was fouled by defender Filbert Obenchan in the penalty area and Ssali pointed to the spot. Tibita stood upto the task and converted to bring his side to within a goal of levelling matters.
KCCA introduced another debutant-Sulaiman Mutyaba for namesake Muzamir in an attempt to try and regain atleast a two goal margin.
The Kasasiro Boys were forced into another substitution moments later when Solomon Okwalinga can on for Kyambadde.
Bul pressed for the equalizer and Tibita forced a save from Ikara with an acrobatic shot that was tiped over by the former Kirinya JSS custodian as the pressure mounted on the home side.
KCCA held onto the lead and progress to the semi-final of this inaugural FUFA pre-season championship.
The FUFA Super 8 cup will continue on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 as Kirinya-Jinja S.S travels to Mbarara to face new-comers Nyamityobora.
Tom Ikara (G.K), Fillbert Obenchan, Hassan Musana, Bernard Muwanga, Isaac Kirabira, Lawrence Bukenya, Julius Poloto (Captain), Muzamiru Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Allan Kyambadde, Mustafa Kizza.
Hannington Ssebwalunyo (G.K), Umaru Mukobe, Abdul Mayanja, Musa Walangira, Hakim Magombe (Captain), Patrick Sembuya, Yunus Sibira (84’ Herbert Onyango), Hamis Tibita, James Otim, Douglas Owori, Villa Oromchan.