Busoga United finally got off the mark after a deserved 1-0 victory against MYDA in a league game played at FUFA Technical centre in Njeru at lunchtime.
There was less to admire between the two sides but the hosts capitalised on home advantage to squeeze out a result.
Substitute Shaka Ssozi headed home just a minute after coming on in the second half.
The struggling visitors barely threatened but were almost gifted a chance to equalise when Busoga goalkeeper Rogers Omedwa lost possession but Moses Batali fluffed his effort.
Both sides had wobbled through a poor first half before Busoga got to the top of the game in the second half played under a scorching sun.
The win, first for Busoga, leaves MYDA and Kitara as the two sides yet to take maximum points.
Busoga United move to eight points after their maiden win that has put an end to three straight losses.
Busoga United, First of Many?
With administrative struggles inherited towards the end of last season, many expected Busoga United to struggle.
However, few could predict that it could take them 13 games to record their first victory.
The win was coming however, given their recent performances.
Nthing can be read from the victory as it came against a side that has shown no intent of staying up.
However, it will build lost confidence for coach Abbey Bogere Kikomeko and his charges and they seek to mount an unlikely survival contest.
Against MYDA, they failed to find rhythm going forward despite facing a side that comfortably sat at the back.
The introduction of youngster Edrine Opaala and Shaka Ssozi handed Busoga an upper hand as they started to create space upfront and added more pace.
Shaka made immediate impact – He was unmarked to head home after Franco Magero Balabala Abubaker headed Abubaker Otwao’s lofty cross into his way.
As the ball went through a torn net, Shaka wheeled away in celebration just like the few fans in attendance.
The striker thought he had won a penalty later on when he was lunged from the back by Peter Musoke only for the referee to wave play on.
Opaala forced the keeper into two good saves as Busoga chased for the second goal.
Earlier, Joremy Kirya missed the game’s biggest chance when his shot took a big deflection on keeper Andrew Ssekandi to find its onto the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Ssekandi also denied Anthony Mayanja after he was set free by Douglas Muganga.
Balabala also had a chance to open the scores but headed into the side net from Mayanja’s corner.
With the first round into its final stages, Busoga United will be hoping to pick more points as they prepare for what promises to be a pulsating second stanza for them.
MYDA Needs Real Miracle
If MYDA FC gets relegated, which is all but happening, the blame will be put on their disorganization off the pitch.
They are a team that rarely trains and converges during Matchday.
In fact, some of their players like Moses Batali, Etojo, Amos Kirya and Andrew Ssekandi stay in Jinja.
They have arrived late for games, as it was recently against Wakiso Giants.
They only managed to assemble just four substitutes on the day, including Joseph Wahampi who Busoga United protested that he had not tested for Coronavirus.
They struggled to fit into the game and were very slow going forward, partly due to their on-form attacking midfielder Saleh Hussein playing with a knock.
They failed to create chances, with Basoga Derrick coming close after his shot went an inch wide when Goalkeeper Omedwa had moved off his line while Hussein shot wide from the freekick.
What Next – Busoga United visit Wakiso Giants on March 13 while MYDA host UPDF FC on March 12.
*Busoga United XI – Omedwa Rogers (GK), Otwao Abubakari, Kalyowa George William, Kaketo Shafiq, Muganga Douglas, Magero Franco Balabala, Kirya Jeromy, Ssekulima Paul, Mayanja Anthony, Onen Franco, Shariph Kimbowa
*Substitutes – Kimera Ali, Batwawula Ashraf, Wagoina Isaac, Bagoole Gerald, Wamusi Bernard, Opaala Edrine, Shaka Ssozi
*MYDA XI – Ssekandi Andrew, Muledhu Faisal, Outta Dickson, Musoke Peter, Basoga Derrick, Bassi Mark, Babyesiza Solomon, Ahmed Saleh Husein, Batali Moses, Kirya Amos, Nsimbe Ibra
*Substitutes – Osikol Isaac, Lojum Brandy, Bagoth Yusuf, Wahampi Joseph