Friday, April 2
*Kitara 1-3 Bright Stars
*KCCA 3-0 BUL
*UPDF 0-3 Vipers
*Wakiso Giants 1-2 Mbarara City
Morley Byekwaso’s KCCA FC reign got off to a perfect start as KCCA FC eased past BUL FC in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Byekwaso, appointed interim head coach to replace manager Mike Mutebi last week, guided his side to a comfortable 3-0 win over BUL FC at Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.
Goals from Filbert Obenchan, Charles Lwanga and Julius Poloto handed KCCA FC the needed victory behind closed doors.
Defender Obenchan scored at the stroke of halftime when he ran at the far post to head Bright Anukani freekick past Abdul Kimera.
The goalkeeper was later at fault at the start of second half when he gifted Lwanga to bundle home from close range.
Poloto, playing his first game this season, came off the bench to score the third when he was teed up by substitute Keziron Kizito to fire into the roof.
Its revenge well served for KCCA who lost 2-1 to BUL in the first round, and 3-0 last season.
Morley Byekwaso Off To A Flyer
Morley Byekwaso will be pleased with the performance of his boys especially in the second half, and the fact that the back-line kept a clean sheet.
He was an animated figure throughout and very vocal on the touchline as he audibly shouted out instructions.
There is joy within the squad once again as players were visibly enjoying the proceedings.
Mike Mutebi had kept the players under pressure as he tried to be a disciplinarian and always came out to criticise them through his press conferences.
Byekwaso’s starting lineup had a big surprise of veteran Denis Iguma deployed in the midfield, a player who was rarely used by coach Mutebi.
KCCA began slowly but later grew into the game as it progressed.
Charles Lwanga almost gave them the lead when he met Herbert Achai’s cross but couldn’t find the back of the net.
With the game heading for a stalemate at halftime, the hosts took the lead through an unlikely source, Filbert Obenchan, who was marking his return from injury.
At restart, Kimera gifted the hosts and Lwanga did no mistake to double the lead. He passed direct at the striker who later rounded him off to score in an empty net.
Poloto made it three with an exquisite finish to put an icing on the cake. The midfielder would have scored earlier but saw his freekick denied by the frame.
It was a good display and a positive start for Byekwaso but the visitors failed to ask questions on the day as many had anticipated.
BUL FC First Half Blitz Fails To Yield Fruits
BUL FC will rue missed chances in the first half for today’s loss at Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.
They had some good spells when they took the ball to KCCA but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Mukongotya rattled the crossbar from a distance while Ibrahim Mugulusi had his effort easily saved by goalkeeper Charles Lukwago after he cut from the inside.
Simon Peter Okech lacked composure to put away a good chance when he was left unmarked in the area.
Mukongotya also had another go at the goal from the freekick but his effort was just an inch wide of the mark.
They barely threatened in the second half, completely outdone by a mistake from their goalkeeper but Joseph Ssemujju’s penalty appeal was waived by referee Mashood Ssali.
What Next – KCCA visit URA FC in Bombo in the league on April 13 but have a Uganda Cup assignment against Nyamityobora before. BUL face Blacks Power in Uganda Cup before hosting Kyetume FC in the league.
KCCA FC XI – Charles Lukwago, Filbert Obenchan, Peter Magambo, Herbert Achai, Ashraf Mugume, Steven Sserwadda, Bright Anukani, Denis Iguma, Sadat Anaku, Charles Lwanga.
BUL FC XI – Abdul Kimera, Peter Onzima, Frederick Kigozi, Douglas Bithum, Walter Ochora, Ramathan Dudu, Robert Mukongotya, Fredson Gwoto, Deogracious Ojok, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Joseph Ssemujju