Uganda Premier League
KCCA FC 4-1 SC Villa
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
LUGOGO – KCCA FC returned to winning ways thanks to a 4-1 emphatic victory over SC Villa on Friday afternoon.
The defending champions who came into the game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Mbarara City FC, were dominant on the day as they registered their 7th win in the last 9 league games.
Goals by Joseph Kafumbe, Erisa Ssekisambu, Mustafa Kizza and Allan Okello did the damage on a day that KCCA reaffirmed their title credentials.
Amir Kakomo scored Villa’s only goal of the day, one that turned out to be a mere consolation.
Victory sees Mike Mutebi’s side climb into second on the log with 29 points from 14 games.
They take on Proline FC on Tuesday in their final game of the first round. A win in that particular game will see them move to within four points of leaders Vipers SC who are on 36 points.
Kasasiro’s youngsters see off Villa
Mike Mutebi is known to be strong believer in youth and over the years he continues promote players from KCCA FC’s academy to the senior team.
In his starting team on Friday, Mutebi fielded six academy players, a move which paid off big time.
Joseph Kafumbe was only starting only his second game, gave the Kasasiros the lead inside 10 minutes as he lashed home off a Sam Ssenyonjo pass.
Ssenyonjo who has scored two goals this season then headed over a Mustafa Kizza cross before he had a goal ruled out for offside.
The senior Five student at Buddo SS was at the center of all good that KCCA FC was coming up with and on 37 minutes, played in Ssekisambu to fire KCCA FC 2-0 up.
Just before the break, Kizza once again crossed for Ssenyonjo who some how headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
It was not to be Ssenyonjo’s day in front of goal as he headed a Ssekisambu inch-perfect cross surprisingly wide with Keni beaten early in the second half.
As one youngster was struggling find the back of the net, another did in style.
20-year-old Kizza made it 3-0 on 62 minutes off a long range strike that flew past Keni and into the bottom left corner.
With 12 minutes to play, Ssenyonjo once again missed from a Ssekisambu pass as his weak effort was pushed out for a corner by Keni, moments before Allan Okello’s curling strike rattled the cross bar.
Inside the three additional minutes, Okello lashed onto a Ssenyonjo pass before running through on goal and slotting into the back of the net for KCCA FC’s fourth.
Villa early season hype tamed
SC Villa came into the game unbeaten in their last 13 games with their only loss this campaign coming on the opening day of the season.
They were expected to face a tough afternoon at a stadium where they have lost on four of their past five visits and that was indeed the case.
Despite starting well as they contested every bit of possession and trying to take the game to KCCA FC, they conceded due to lazy defending.
Ssekisambu’s cross in the build up to the opener shouldn’t have been allowed to fall for Ssenyonjo but Ibrahim Kibumba mis-judged his header and could not recover in time to close down Kafumbe.
The second goal was also Villa’s own doing as Amir Kakomo lost possession around the area to allow Ssenyonjo play in Ssekisambu.
At the other end, chances were hard to come by.
Nicholas Kabonge shot from distance early in the contest was tipped over by Charles Lukwago.
Awori then saw a left-footed strike saved by comfortably by Charles Lukwago.
Kakomo then powerfully headed over an Emma Kalyoowa corner.
The Jogoos were dealt a huge blow early in the second period as David Owori limped off injured and was replaced by Albert Mugisa.
As Villa struggled to break down the Kasasiroa, they resorted to long range efforts with Emma Kalyowa forcing Lukwago into a decent save early in the second half before Kakomo shot wide.
With 9 minutes to play, Kakomo deflected a Derrick Ndahiro low free kick past Lukwago as Villa pulled one back.
The loss sees Villa drop to 4th on the standings as they remain on 27 points from 15 games.
How both teams started
Charles Lukwago (GK), Musa Ramathan, Mustafa Kizza, Samuel Kato, John Revita, Gift Ali, Jospeh Kafumbe, Erisa Ssekisambu, Muzmair Mutyaba, Sam Ssenyonjo, Allan Okello.
Saidi Keni (GK), Derrick Ndahiro, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Alishe, Amir Kakomo, David Owori, Emman Kalyoowa, Ambrose Kirya, Faizal Muwawu, Nicholas Kasozi, Ibrahim Kibumba.