Uganda Premier League
Police FC 0-1 KCCA FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
LUGOGO – KCCA FC maintained pressure on Uganda Premier League leaders Vipers SC thanks to a hard fought 1-0 victory over Police FC on Wednesday.
Youngster Herbert Achai netted the only goal of the afternoon to ensure Mike Mutebi’s side remain within touching distance of top spot.
The left-back turn midfielder riffled in the winner on 20 minutes after collecting from Muzamir Mutyaba who pounced onto Erisa Ssekisambu’s ball after the forward had robbed both Ashraf Ggaliwango and the experienced Henry Katongole, of the ball.
It was Achai’s second goal of the second round having also scored in the victory over Kyetume at the end of last month.
It was a job done for KCCA FC but one they left a lot to be desired as they were not the usual dominant selves throughout the contest.
However, they created several decent opening which they could not turn into goals.
Moses Aliro had a speculative effort fly over in the opening exchanges before Mutyaba hit the upright from a free kick at the edge of the area.
Gift Ali also tried his luck from distance but could only trouble the sky rather than Davis Mutebi in the Police goal.
Striker Sadat Anaku also shot over from a good position-after robbing Derrick Rukundo of possession while Ssekisambu went for beauty rather than an easy finish only for his effort p head weakly at Mutebi.
Midway through the second half, Aliro turned Ggaliwango inside out to get free in the area but shot wide and over-on his weaker left-foot.
After the game, Police head coach Abdallah Mubiru was levied about his team’s performance and claimed his players had not done enough to try and win ‘vital’ points.
“It is frustrating to lose in such a fashion because we did not do enough to try and win the game, said Mubiru who side remained third from bottom, two points away from safety.
Despite the manager’s words, Police did create chances throughout the exchanges but were let done by both poor and lazy finishing.
Fahad Kizito headed a Rukundo cross over early in the games while Johnson Odong saw his effort deflected out for a fruitless corner.
January-returnee Hood Kaweesa turned swiftly in the area but his effort was turned out for a corner by Ali Mwirusi. From the resultant kick, Ssentume pounce onto a lose ball but headed it weakly at the KCCA FC custodian.
In the second half, Pius Kaggwa twice headed Rukundo’s free kick but the first effort crept wide before the second was charged down by the impressive Filbert Obenchan.
Police looked like they would equalize anytime soon-throughout thw second half and kept on knocking at the visitors door.
Samuel Kayongo dragged an effort wide after he was teed up by Safi Basani.
Police’s most realistic chance to draw level would fall to substitute Derrick Kakooza who took advantage of poor communication between Obenchan and Mwerusi but the custodian recovered to deflected the goal-bound resultant effort wide for just a corner.
The result means KCCA FC remains second with 49 points, four behind Vipers SC who thrashed Maroons FC 5-0 on the same day.
How both teams started
Mutebi DAvis (GK), Rukundo Denis, Galiwango Arafat, Sentume Joseph, Katongole Henry, Odongo Johnson, Kayongo Samuel, Kizito Fahad, Kaweesi Hood, Kigozi Samson
Mwiruzi Ali (GK), Kato Samuel, Aliro Moses, Gift Ali, Muzamiru. Mutyaba, Peter Magambo, Sekisambu Erisa, Sadat Anaku, Achai Herbert, Senjobe Eric, Poloto Julius.
The other games played on Wednesday
-Vipers SC 5-0 Maroons FC
-Mbarara City FC 1-0 BUL FC