Uganda Premier League
Police FC 1-0 Kyetume FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
LUGOGO – Substitute Harman Wasswa scored a late penalty to help Police FC defeat Kyetume 1-0 in the Uganda Premier League match played on Friday afternoon.
The former KCCA FC striker had earlier in the second half replaced Pius Kaggwa before netting the winner deep into stoppage time after he was fouled by Stephen Kagoda.
It was a goal that left Kyetume FC coach Jackson Mayanja furious, blaming referee Robert Doney for the loss.
“It is a shame that Ugandan football still has such referees, said Mayanja after the final whistle.
“He (Doney) was biased and everyone could see he wanted Police to win and in the end awarded them a penalty which was not.”
The contested penalty was as a result of Kagoda appearing to have fouled Wasswa who was trying to lash onto an Odong through ball.
There was contact between the two players but what Mayanja disputes is where it (contact) was.
“Clearly the contact is outside the box but because we still have biased referees, he points to the spot and we lose the game.” Mayanja continued.
The victory is Police’s third in a row having defeated Wakiso Giants FC and Express FC prior.
The Cops now climb into 9th spot with 21 points from 18 games.
Police a shadow of their usual self but get job done
Police FC came into the game on the back of a 6-1 hammering of Express FC.
With just a day between the two games, the Cops looked a shadow of the side that was on song on Wednesday.
They however created two good chances at the start of first half but Kaggwa failed to beat Joel Mutakubwa in a one-on-one situation, twice in four minutes.
In the second half, they looked better and created more chances.
Mutakubwa spread-big to deny Samson Kigozi who was through on goal.
Moments later, the shot-stopper was on hand to deal with an Arafat Ggaliwango fierce drive.
With pressure mounting, the Slaughters were forced backwards and Police continued to press for the winner.
After Katongole flicked an Odong corner, Wasswa somehow failed to score as his header bounced off the cross bar and the subsequent two rebounds were cleared off the line by Steven Sande.
Police looked to be getting closer and moments later, Mutakubwa miraculously recovered to deny Ocen after the custodian had made a meal of Odong’s cross.
In the third minute of additional time, the relentless pressure finally told.
Odong sent Wasswa on his way and the striker was fouled by Kagoda leaving referee Robert Doney with no option but to point to the spot.
Wasswa who was playing his first game since joining the Cops this month, picked himself up and scored what would prove to be the winning goal.
Kyetume avoid Express-like fate but lose in the end
Having heard about Police’s last result as the Cops humiliated Express 6-1 Kyetume had to be cautious when they made the trip to Lugogo.
From the on-set, they looked contented with going away with a point as they maintained numbers behind the ball and in defence.
Despite the conservativeness, they created a few chances of their own.
Jonathan Mugabi saw an effort blocked by Henry Katongole before the former SC Villa defender volleyed a Bensom Tahomera layoff over.
At the start of the second half, Tahomera dragged a free kick wide before Julius Lule twice forced Mutebi into a diving save.
Late in the contest, Bashir Wadawa connected neatly with fellow substitute Noel Nasasira’s cross before forcing Davis Mutebi into a finger tip save.
After defending for most of the second half, the Kyetume players looked to be tiring towards the end.
In the 3rd of four minutes added on, Kagoda was beaten for pace and strength by Wasswa before the former made the foul that resulted into the latter’s converted penalty.
It is a sore defeat to take for Kyetume FC who have now failed to win any of their last six games.
It leaves them in 13th spot with 17 points from 18 games.
How both teams started
Davis Mutebi, Dennis Rukundo, Arafat Galiwango, Joseph Sentume, Pius Kaggwa, Ben Ocen, Samuel Kayongo, Henry Katongole, Samson Kigozi, Fahad Kizito, Derrick Kakooza.
Joel Mutakubwa, Tahomera Benon, Mutyaba Samson, Kagoda Stephen, Julius Lule, Deo Isejja, Mugabi Jonathan, Obua Emmanuel, Ssentongo Robert, Ange Fahe Michael Guel, Sande Steven.