URA beat KCCA courtesy of goals from Rwothomio and Kyeyune.
Friday, January 31
*URA 2-1 KCCA FC
Cromwell Rwothomio scored from the spot and turned provider for Saidi Kyeyune as URA taxed KCCA on Friday in a game that provided late goals.
Herbert Achai brought one back in the added minutes, but it proved late as KCCA suffered a 2-1 loss at the Arena of Visions in Bombo.
This is the fifth loss for the defending champions who had suffered previous defeats against Tooro United, BUL, Mbarara and Bright Stars.
The visitors came into the game needing a win to topple leaders Vipers at the top, but failed to get past a resilient URA FC team.
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Nicholas Kasozi handled the ball in the area when he tried to disposes Kyeyune for referee Nasser Muhammad to point to the spot in the 85th minute.
Rwothomio stepped up, took a deep breath, and sent Lukwago awkwardly to the opposite end, and URA fans into raptures.
URA got the second just after a minute courtesy of a counter attack with Rwothomio finding Kyeyune who calmly slotted under a helpless Lukwago.
Achai grabbed a consolation when he collected from Mustafa Kizza to fire into the roof, far away from Alionzi Nafian’s reach.
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KCCA came into the game just two points adrift of leaders Vipers, and a win would have seen the defending champions go top with 44 points. The side now remain in second with 41 points and will trail five points if Vipers beat Onduparaka FC on Sunday.
More worries for KCCA saw the club lose Julius Poloto and John Revita to injury – They were taken off for Kasozi and Filbert Obenchan respectively.
Kizza tried to lift the team but his best two chances at goal never came to fruition. He had a cross finger tipped by Nafian for corner and his other cross, after Mike Mutyaba had laid Ashraf Mandela bare, was also saved by the shot stopper.
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The visitors’ best chance saw Erisa Ssekisambu skew wide a well delivered Musa Ramathan low delivery in the 80th minute.
The hosts absorbed everything that KCCA threw at them, and remained in character throughout.
However, URA FC will be fortunate for having Joachim Ojera finish the match, after he was never received a second booking on what looked a dangerous tackle midway through the second half.
Substitute Michael Birungi, who had replaced Yeseri Waibi, shot over the bar after cutting from inside as the tax collectors tried to create a threat in the second half.
The win, takes URA to 33 points and are unbeaten in the last nine league games since falling to Vipers in November last year.
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What Next for both sides?
URA FC visit Kyetume FC next Saturday and Busoga United before a home game against Vipers.
KCCA host Maroons at Lugogo on Tuesday before visiting Vipers.
URA FC – Alionzi Nafian, Ashraf Mandela, Yeseri Waibi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Patrick Mbowa, Julius Mutyaba, Saidi Kyeyune, Joachim Ojera, Brian Majwega, Cromwell Rwothomio
KCCA FC – Charles Lukwago, Musa Ramathan, Peter Magambo, John Revita, Mustafa Kizza, Gift Ali, Herbert Achai, Julius Poloto, Erisa Ssekisambu, Moses Aliro, Mike Mutyaba