Uganda Premier League
KCCA FC 1-0 Tooro United FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
LUGOGO – KCCA FC returned to winning ways on Friday afternoon as they beat Tooro United FC 1-0 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.
Surprisingly, it was the less-known Sunday Opio who saved the day for the Kasasiros.
The 17-year old who was starting his first game for the senior team took advantage of Tooro’s inability to clear their lines following a Hassan Musana corner, poking the ball into the back of the net.
It was his first goal for KCCA FC and one so important that it puts the team back into running for the title as they now sit just four points behind leaders Vipers SC.
The Kasasiros have 38 points from 18 games.
KCCA FC academy at it again
KCCA FC are know for giving chance to youthful players and their head coach Mike Mutebi is adamant that they will keep in that same vain.
Afew years ago, they introduced the likes of Allan Okello, Julius Poloto and Mustafa Kizza to the world, some of the players who have been integral to their recent success.
On Friday, they started with seven academy graduates and despite a draining encounter, they got the job done in the end.
Inside the opening exchanges, Sunday rattled the cross bar after he was set up by Herbert Achai outside the area.
On 17 minutes, the youngster would make a proper introduction to the Ugandan football fraternity.
After Tooro failed to deal with a Hassan Musana corner, Sunday took full advantage of a scramble to poke home the opener.
In the rest of the first half, KCCA struggled to create clear cut chances and resorted to half chances as they tried to pull away.
Musana sent a free kick over from a promising position before a Sadat Anaku fierce drive off a Steven Sserwadda through pass was tipped over by Chrispas Kusima in the Tooro goal.
Revita then headed wide another Musana corner moments before Gift Ali’s shot from distance went straight at Kusima.
Towards the end of the first half, Mike Mutyaba forced Kusima into a low save as he squeezed a left-footed shot while in a tight angle.
In the second half, substitute Erisa Ssekisambu tried his luck from distance by Kusima was equal to the effort before Opio’s shot was blocked by Farouk Katongole.
Towards the end of the game, eventual man of the match-John Revita tried to steal the headlines from Opio with a fancy flick but it went straight at the alert Kusima.
In the end, the Kasasiros would hold on to what may in turn prove to be a vital victory in the title run in.
Troubled Tooro give good account of themselves
Tooro United FC have been troubled since the start of the season.
From their head coaches resigning to players refusing to train, nothing can sum up the issues revolving around the club.
On Friday, the game was delayed for close to 20 minutes as the Car Dealers could not produce licenses for their players.
The general talk in the build up was about how many they would concede at the end of 90 minutes but the players were having none of it on the pitch.
Muhammad Kiseka’s side was brilliant at the back and also created chances of their own at the other end.
Isa Mubiru made a brilliant run down the left but after beating two defenders, he could not provide a telling cross for the forwards to feed on.
Yafessi Mubiru then saw a goal bound effort blocked by Revita before substitute James Kasibante headed just over a Davis Ssali cross.
The Car Dealers tried to make a late push for an equalizer but were consistently let down by their penetration in the final third and poor finishing.
Charles Musige shot weakly at Malyamungu before Kasibante blazed over a Denis Mugerwa low cross.
Inside additional time, Faizo Ssekyanzi headed agonizingly over a Kasibante corner in qhat would prove to be their last attempt at goal.
The loss on Friday means stays second from bottom with 15 points from 18 games.
The other games played on Friday
-Police FC 1-0 Kyetume FC
-Vipers SC 0-1 SC Villa