Late Drama As Luwero Keeps Tooro United’s Champagne On Ice

Wednesday, July 9
*Gadaffi 0-0 Arua Hill SC
*Ndejje Univesity 2-3 Proline FC
*Blacks Power 0-1 Mbale Heroes
*Maroons 1-0 Kataka FC
*Kigezi HomeBoyz 3-0 Terrazzo & Tiles
*Paidha Black Angels 1-4 Calvary FC
*Water FC 3-2 Nyamityobora FC
*Tooro United 0-0 Luwero United

Tooro United will have to wait for a litter longer to confirm their place in the Uganda Premier League next season.

The side were held to a goalless draw by a rigid Luwero United side in a game that lived to the billing down the stretch.

There was less to report home but the last five minutes were eventful – a penalty (read two) and a red card!

Luwero United centre back David Kakeeto was judged to have brought down Denis Ojala in the forbidden area for the referee to point to the spot amidst flurry of protests from the visiting team.

Ojala took the responsibility but saw his penalty saved by keeper Herman Mugoya.

In dramatic turn of events, the linesman signalled to the referee that goalkeeper Mugoya had moved off his line and so the penalty had to be retaken for encroachment. More protests from the visitors!

Who wants to be the hero? Isaac Mpagi stepped up to take it. But Mugoya was not done yet. Just like in the first, he swiftly dived on his left to send out the retaken penalty as Tooro bench watched the events in horror.

Luweero bench celebrations were cut short when the fourth official and the linesman called the centre referee to the touchline who issued a red card to Luwero coach Calvin Mugerwa and a yellow to his assistant Patrick Musoni who had earlier vigorously protested the decision to retake the penalty.

After calm was restored, play was restarted. And it proved too late for a change in result. Zero all it ended.

And the final whistle was greeted by wild celebrations from the visitors who arrived almost 30 minutes late at Wankulukuku.

Coach Edward Golola cut a dejected figure on the touchline and so was his boss Alice Namatovu who stood just next at the team’s bench.

The result, coupled with Proline’s away win at Ndejje, means that Tooro United have to beat Kigezi Homeboyz in Sunday to earn a direct promotion ticket back to top flight.

Playing their first home game at Wankulukuku after shifting from Buhinga, Tooro United were confident of a home win and they went in stream the game live on their Facebook page. Whether that goes against the League Sponsor (StarTimes) rights, will be known in the coming days.

Back to the game proper, it was a fair exchange and Luwero marched Tooro punch to punch.

In fact, the visitors had the best chance of the game but fluffed a keeper to beat opportunity.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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