URA FC fail to pick taxes from KCCA garbage collectors
FOOTBALL | Mike Mutebi plugged the “panel beaters” in his KCCA FC rearguard that let in three goals against Police last week but lost the free scoring gift in his team.
However, the tactician will not complain as his Kasasiro Boys (Garbage Boys/Collectors) continued the quest to reclaim the league title they lost to Vipers SC last season by holding off spirited accounts from revenue collectors URA at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, for a priceless 1-0 win.
The victory takes KCCA to 36 points, seven more than Viper SC, who buried their first half nerves to munch away at the Caterpillars from Arua with 3-0 win for Moses Golola’s perfect resumption from where the tactician left off when the club started flirting with foreign coaches.
Skipper Timothy Awany’s 56th minute strike was all that the garbage collectors needed to avoid paying taxes to URA after a dour first half in which Sam Ssimbwa’s tax collectors looked like they had been set out to dock the league leaders points revenue.
Ssimbwa, whose URA side have excited with possession as much as they have frustrated with finding the back of the net, appeared to have sensed a false scalp in KCCA when he made double change with Tayo Odongo and Moses Sseruyidde coming on for Charles Sempa and Joakim Ojera, but the substitution did not work.
The victory guarantees KCCA FC bragging rights as half-way mark champions in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League. At the other end, it ended URA’s unbeaten home record having frustrated every other opponent at Namboole.
At St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, it was another bumpy first half for the two sides as Onduparaka threatened to continue Vipers’ recent love affair with draws, keeping the Venoms at bay for all of 45 minutes.
However, it turned out to be all the Caterpillars could do as Vipers returned from the dressing room with a more purposeful game plan that saw them strike the back of the net three times through Geoffrey Wasswa (47), Dan Sserunkuuma (54) and Livingston Mulondo (73).
The victory keeps the champions within an eyesight of leaders KCCA with 29 points albeit having played two games less.
The Venoms last week returned Golola back to his Kitende castle after appearing to lose faith in the ambition of hiring foreign tacticians and the man who won them two of their three league titles did not disappoint in his first game in charge.
Ten-man Villa come shot
At StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo, Douglas Bamweyana’s SC Villa threw away a 2-0 lead against a lackluster Police FC to draw 2-2 although the Jogoos will rue the “unfortunate” matching orders to goal scorer Charles Lwanga that saw them play for an hour with a man down.
Lwanga had given the resurgent Jogoos a lead on the half hour mark only for Shamirah Nabadda to show him the matching orders barely two minutes later to leave Villa in a precarious position.
However, a Police side that let in six goals when they met KCCA last week could not provide immediate reaction and it was the league top scorer Bashir Mutanda who converted a 47th minute penalty to extend the lead.
The second goal appeared to have awoken the Cops from their slumber as they responded and pulled a goal back through the imperious Juma Balinya on 52nd minute to set up a balanced game.
Villa, who are languishing six points above the drop zone and only having turned their dreadful fortunes around after eight games were always going to pay for that Lwanga send-off.
It was Balinya again to rose to the occasion to set up a nail-biting end with ten minutes to go when he struck his second of the day. The Jogoos held off the cuffs the Cops were dangling to ensure they completed the half season with 14 points from 15 games.