Uganda Premier League
Mbarara City 2-1 Busoga United
Brian Aheebwa and Paul Mucurezi scored for Mbarara to earn new coach, Paul Nkata a perfect start at the club.
For the visitors, Ibrahim Mugulusi scored the consolation goal.
Mbarara made their intentions known and Busoga’s goalkeeper Omedwa Rogers was the busiest player in the first 15 minutes of the game – The shot stopper kept out Mucurezi’s sixth minute shot before denying Ahebwa and Sseguja Swalik.
The hosts’ continued pressure was rewarded in the 16th minute when Aheebwa nodded in from Paul Mucureezi’s cross.
Few minutes after, Mbarara would have doubled their lead but unmarked Onyai Raymond shot over the bar.
Busoga put up a commendable challenge to level matters but the efforts were in vain. Anthony Mayanja’s header rattled the woodwork while Joel Madondo fired far and wide.
Busoga’s coach-Abby Bogere made an early change with Jeromey Kirya paving way for Tezikya Lawrence at the half hour mark.
The visitors came back strong and halved the deficit in the 53rd minute with substitute Mugulusi who had replaced Madondo in 49th minute, scored a beauty in the top left corner outside the box after Mbarara failed to clear away the corner.
Ikara denied Mugulusi an equaliser from freekick as Mbarara survived a late Busoga United goal.
Mucureezi was named the man of the match for an assist and a goal.
Mbarara will visit Wakiso Giants on Friday, October 4th in their next game while Busoga host Villa SC.
Mbarara City FC – Tom Ikara, Othieno Stephen, John Adriko, Bamba Soulyemane, Hillary Mukundane, Pistis Balenge, Ssegujja Swalik, Onyayi Raymond, Paul Mucurezi, Brian Aheebwa, Ibrahim Orit.
Busoga United – Omedwa Rogers, Otwau Abubaker, Kawawulo Isma, Kakeeto Shafik, Muganga Douglas, Kasonko Gorge, Kirya Jeromey, Mayanja Anthony, Wani Ivan, Zirintusa Boban, Madondo Joel.