Wednesday, March 31
*Busoga United 2-0 Onduparaka FC
Busoga United managed to start the second round on a strong note against Onduparaka FC thanks to a 2-0 deserved win at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Coming into the game, Busoga had only won once against Onduparaka in nine attempts since both sides gained promotion in 2016.
Franco Onen Balabala and Isma Mugulusi scored a goal each to hand Busoga United a fully deserved win.
Onduparaka fell behind inside three minutes when Shaka Ssozi was brought down by Geriga Atendele in the box for Balabala to send his penalty beyond Tony Kyamera’s reach.
Busoga were vastly superior and doubled their lead in the 54th minute thanks to an impressive finish from Mugulusi.
The young forward, named man of the match, collected from Ssozi and beat one defender before curling at the far end.
Onduparaka FC were hard done by defensive errors and lack of fluidity going forward as thy succumbed to their third straight loss.
Busoga United displaces Wakiso Giants in 11th place on the table with 17 points as Onduparaka remain in 8th with 21 points.
Busoga United Benefits From Onduparaka’s Poor Defending
Busoga United have started the second round from where they ended the first. After going 12 games without a win, they picked their first against MYDA, later beat Wakiso and ended with maximum points over Kitara.
They have won four straight but a win against Onduparaka, a side above them on the table, gives them more confidence as they try to move far away from the red zone.
Not to take away much from Abbey Bogere Kikomeko’s charges, Busoga were greatly helped by sloppy Onduparaka.
They benefited from the Caterpillars individual mistakes to push all points home.
The foul that contributed to the penalty was way unnecessary given that Ssozi Shaka was not facing the goal, and its that early goal that set the tone for the day.
Jeromy Kirya was unmarked when he his effort smacked the crossbar while Anthony Mayanja was given enough time to curl his attempt that went wide.
The defence, in the second half, let Mugulusi fire in the second and Shaka could have had the third for the day when he robbed a reckless Tusabe Najib of possession on the right flank.
Rude Welcome For Coach Mutyaba
There is an old adage that teams win their immediate match after getting a new coach, Onduparaka has all reasons to refute such.
In his first game as Onduparaka FC coach, this is one game that Julius Mutyaba will want to forget easily.
His side lacked fire power going forward and a couple of defensive lapses made the work easier for the opponent.
The work is now cut out for the new gaffer who replaced Vialli Bainomugisha who left after Match-day five.
Their best breakthrough came in the 40th minute when Kabon Living teed up Joel Jangeyamba but shot was weak and collected by goalkeeper Rogers Omedwa.
Gabriel Matata had an effort that went over the bar after a beautiful turn and the striker later saw his bicycle kick denied by the keeper in the closing stages.
What Next – Busoga United FC will face Vipers in their next UPL game on April 13, the same side they face in Uganda Cup. Onduparaka host Kitara in the league on April 12 but have a date with Luwero United in Uganda Cup before.
Busoga United XI – Omedwa Rogers, Onen Franco, Kalyowa George, Muganga Douglas, Shafik Kaketo, Magero Balabala, Kasonko George, Kirya Jeromy, Mayanja Anthony, Shaka Ssozi, Mugulusi Isma
Onduparaka XI – Tonny Kyemera, Gasper Adriko, Najib Tusaba, Hamza Geriga, Hakim Magambo, Mahdi Ajobe, Joel Jangeyambe, Oscar Agaba, Emmanuel Okech, Kabon Living, Matata Gabriel