There was drama at Kavumba recreation ground as Kitara beat visitors Wakiso Giants to pick their first win since joining the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Wakiso Giants coach Douglas Bamweyana was given marching orders en-route to their 3-2 shocking loss to the league’s newcomers.
After going down to Peter Lomoro goal at halftime, Wakiso were handed a chance to level matters but Emmanuel Opio kept out Rahmat Ssenfuka penalty after Yasin Mugume was tripped in the area.
They however equalised at the start of the second half through Viane Ssekajugo.
Coach Bamweyana was given a red card just after Edson Agondeze put Kitara back in control in the 53rd minute.
Agondeze later grabbed his brace, to put what looks like a final nail in Bamweyana’s coffin.
Ssekajugo gave the scoreline a decent look in the 88th minute, but it was too late for Wakiso Giants to mount a comeback.
The loss comes as a huge blow for Wakiso Giants who came into match-day 13 on the back of their 1-0 away victory at BUL in Bugembe.
Bamweyana Skating On Thin Ice
Nine draws, two wins and as many losses – Reads Bamweyana’s report card after Match-day 13.
He will front poor officiating as an excuse for today’s loss, but the same cannot be said of all their past results. He will need a lot to convince his bosses.
Wakiso’s reputation of sacking coaches needs no introduction – Bamweyana came in on June 24 last year, replacing Deo Sserwadda who had joined on a short contract after the departure of Livingston Mbabazi.
Kefa Kisala and Ibrahim Kirya, not to mention Steven Bengo, have all been at the helm of the club which has not been in existence for five years.
Against Kitara, Bamweyana was sent off for protesting Agondeze’s goal which seemed offside, but he may look back at his touchline antics with regret.
Time is ticking for the former Express, Maroons and SC Villa coach.
Kitara FC Take Baby Steps Towards Survival
Playing away from home has been Kitara’s biggest undoing given their fan-base back in Hoima and nearby areas.
Prior to today’s win, they had lost all six games at Kavumba, conceding 18 goals in the process, including five each in the opening two against UPDF and Police.
Their hard work on the pitch has not reflected on the result sheet at times, and could have walked away with a point in that loss to Express, Mbarara and URA.
They squandered a 2-0 lead at MYDA to draw 2-2, and by now, it would have been a different story may be.
Against Wakiso Giants, they took a shock lead when Peter Lomoro slotted home after Kizito Zakayo’s effort was spilled by Samson Kirya for Hassan Wasswa Dazo to clear in Lomoro’s path.
They will have new signing Opio to thank after the goalkeeper saved Ssenfuka’s penalty following Stuart Mwesigwa’s foul on Yasin Mugume.
Wakiso leveled thanks to good work from Pius Kaggwa who had cleared the Kitara defence.
Agondeze’s second came against a run of play when Wakiso had sieged in their area only for Rogers Lwebuga’s clearance to land on the forward, seemingly in an offside position, went and got the better of Kirya to put the hosts in the lead again.
And their work was later simplified when Bamweyana was sent off for protesting the goal, calling of offside.
Kitara could later benefit from Wakiso Giants poor defence after a melee between Dazo and his goalkeeper to give Agondeze time to score their third goal.
Ssekajugo, who had scored in their win at BUL, got his brace in the closing stages, but Kitara held on to win a five-goal thriller.
The victory sends Kitara off the bottom to 15th place with five points.
MYDA FC remain the only team yet to win a league game this season.
What Next – Kitara FC visit BUL while Wakiso host Busoga United over the weekend.
Kitara FC – Opio Emmanuel, Stuart Mwesigwa, Rogers Lwebuga, Mugume Patrick, Kyomuhendo Charles, Daniel Ekoyu, Kyamanywa Ronald, Oloro Nathan, Edson Agondeze, Lomoro Peter, Zakayo Kizito
Wakiso Giants – Samson Kirya (GK), Hassan Wasswa Dazo, Simon Namwanja, Muwadda Kateregga, Alex Komakech, Tom Masiko, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Joshua Lubwama, Viane Ssekajugo, Pius Kaggwa, Yasin Mugume.