Sunday, August 15
*Gaddafi 4-0 Nyamityobora
*Proline Vs Blacks Power – 3pm
Gaddafi FC are 90 minutes away from top flight football after a convincing win against troubled Nyamityobora in the first StarTimes FUFA Big League playoffs game.
The Jinja-based side won 4-0 on Sunday at the Technical Centre in Njeru.
Ronald Bithum scored a brace, Mark Bamukyaye also filled the stat sheet with a penalty before James Otim put the icing on the cake in a one-sided encounter.
Gaddafi FC will meet the winner between Proline and Blacks Power in the decisive match on Tuesday to determine the third team that will be promoted to Uganda Premier League.
Tooro United and Arua Hill who will be playing their Big League final on Tuesday at 3pm, have already booked their place in UPL for the 2021/22 season.
Nyamityobora Makes It Easy For An Already Gaddafi
Nyamityobora were relegated from Uganda Premier League in April 2019.
The club hired promotional king Richard Makumbi in July 2020 to headline their intentions of an immediate bounce back.
Their surge for top flight was on right course when they finished third in the Big League Rwenzori group with 24 points to book a place in the playoffs.
The season was halted by the pandemic and playoffs were pushed for a later date.
What happened in between has come back to haunt the side as it showed on Sunday.
Weeks prior to the playoffs, Makumbi confirmed going through poor preparations and also stated that he had about 10 players available!
They had to solicit funds to make the trip to Kampala for Covid19 tests at FUFA House and Njeru for the decisive games.
And after kickoff, they played like a team that barely trained and up to the task.
Gaddafi FC, bankrolled by army officials, had adequate preparations including two friendlies against UPL teams at Njeru against BUL FC and UPDF.
And the tie was all but done in the first half.
Bithum headed in the opener in the 17th minute.
He was later brought down in the box after a reckless foul Johnson Turinawe in the 24th minute. Bamukyaye easily sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.
Bithum deservedly earned his spot with another good header after a decent cross from Thomas Ochungu in the 35th minute.
Otim finally got the fourth, a beautiful finish after he was set up by Frank Mulimi.
Gaddafi could have scored more, but put the foot off the pedal to reserve more energy for Tuesday’s decider.
Joel Madondo struck the woodwork earlier and later saw his effort deflected from corner after a neat assist from Steven Munguchi.
Otim fired over with a keeper to beat in a game Hassan Zungu’s side dominated from the word go
Nyamityobora barely created an open chance but Clinton Kamugisha went close twice – He skewed an effort after a mistake from goalkeeper Paul Mujapani and later sent his free kick wide.
Another season await Nyamityobora in Big League season while Gaddafi FC has the ball in their hands to change their fate come Tuesday.