Bright Anukani scored the lone goal as KCCA FC edged Kyetume in a StarTimes UPL game at FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.
Kyetume matched KCCA from the word go but a little lapse saw them concede in the 66th minute.
Anukani received from Sadat Anaku inside the area to slot home past goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa, leaving a visibly limping Mustafa Mujuzi down.
The incident marked Mujuzi’s last piece of action as he was taken off for Joshua Kigozi. The captain had earlier limped off injured before he was brought on back limping.
Kyetume who recently sacked coach Livingston Mbabazi, are yet to win a league game this year.
This is their sixth loss from the last eight league games.
KCCA extend their resurgence to four straight wins and now replace Police in fourth place.
KCCA Scrap Through
It was not an admirable performance from KCCA given the circumstances they dismantled teams like UPDF.
However, they did enough to squeeze through a result on a day that could have lost two points.
Gift Ali was solid in midfield and the same can be said of Ashraf Mugume, which gave Anukani more time and freedom to loiter forward.
The attacking armoury of Sadat Anaku and Charles Lwanga however failed to find the needed spark, with the the former returning at a place where he had scored an hat-trick against Busoga United in his first game this season.
He was gifted by Mutakubwa midway in the first half when the goalkeeper slid in his goalkick attempt but defender Mustafa Mujuzi made a timely challenge to block Anaku goal-bound effort.
Samson Kigozi had a chance to put his name on the scoresheet when he benefited from Julius Ntambi blunder but fired over the bar from inside the box.
Kato Samuel’s header was easily collected before the goalkeeper denied Anukani in the closing stages.
KCCA lacked the fluidity, but they will not care much having collected maximum points on the road.
Kyetume Woes Continue
Kyetume are yet to win a game since overcoming BUL last year.
A spell of poor results have followed, and consequently, they fired coach Livingston Mbabazi for Alex Isabirye.
This are yet to click, but this is one of the performance they will look back with a lot of positivity.
They created some good chances but their only undoing was failure to make the ball cross the line.
They were resolute at the back, thanks to Mujuzi who was toe-to-toe with Anaku, and he managed to contain KCCA for longer spells.
He picked an injury, spent about two minutes outside, and no sooner had he returned wobbling, when Anukani struck.
Their best chances came through Ezra Bida, including one where he fed Robert Sentongo but the veteran, in his first league start this season, failed to find space past Charles Lukwago.
Bida’s corner was headed wide by Mujuzi while the little starlet was too short later on to meet Richard Matovu’s cross.
His freekick in the second half was headed by Steven Kabuye onto Hassan Musana’s hand in the box, but the referee pointed at goalkick amidts boos from the home fans.
After going down to Anukani goal, they pushed for an equaliser but KCCA proved a hard nut to cracker.
What Next – Kyetume visit Express while KCCA host Police FC over the weekend.
Kyetume XI – Joel Mutakubwa, Julius Ntambi, Richard Matovu, Mujuzi Musitafa, Latif Kiyimba, Julius Lule, Ezra Bida, Isaac Kirabira, Robert Sentongo, Feni Ali Moses, Sharif Saaka
Substitutes – Emmanuel Derrick Were, Joshua Kigozi, Felix Okot, Steven Kabuye, Cephas Kambugu, Baker Buyala, David Seyi Oyedda
KCCA FC XI – Charles Lukwago, Samuel Kato, Peter Magambo, Herbert Achai, Moses Aliro, Bright Anukani, Gift Ali, Ashraf Mugume, Samson Kigozi, Charles Lwanga, Sadat Anaku
Substitutes – Ali Mwirusi, Denis Iguma, Hassan Musana, Keziron Kizito, Brian Aheebwa, Moses Kalanzi