UPL Match-day One
*Mbarara City 3-1 Soltilo Bright Stars
*Express 0-2 Arua Hill SC
*Onduparaka 1-1 UPDF
Mbarara City earned a perfect start to the new 2021/22 Uganda Premier League Season courtesy of a 3-1 victory against Bright Stars in the league opener on Friday.
Goals from forward Henry Kitegenyi, Karim Ramathan and Solomon Okwalinga pushed the Ankole Lions to a deserved win at Kakyeka Stadium.
Striker Nelson Senkatuka, who made a return to Bright Stars, scored the only goal for his side.
The home side started the better side having most of the possession with the visitors waiting to catch on the break.
But Bright Stars almost scored first only for Senkatuka’s effort to crawl wide. Omony Kaka also misses a keeper-to-beat chance.
Kitegenyi gave the Ankole Lions the lead in the 33rd minute, sloting home past a helpeless Simon Tamale.
Seven minutes later, defender Ramathan doubled his side’s lead, heading home off Jasper Aheebwa’s corner to put the Ankole Lions into a comfortable lead before half time.
At the restart of the second half, Okwalinga made it three for the home side after heading in off a well crafted cross from Stephen Othieno.
However moments later, Bright Stars were awarded a penalty after Captain Hillary Mukundane fouled Joseph Janjali in the forbidden area.
Senkatuka then stepped in and scored from the resultant kick, a goal that would prove to be a consolation at the end of the day.
Mbarara City held on and defended well untill the final whistle to take all the three points on the day.
This is a perfect start to coach Hussein Mbalangu, who is now the caretaker manager of the Ankole Lions aftee Kefa Kisala left his job weeks into his contract.
Its a poor start for Baker Mbowa’s side who finished fifth last season.
What Next For Both Teams – Bright Stars welcome Onduparaka at Kavumba on Friday 22nd October next week while Mbarara City will be away from home playing against Tooro United the following day at Buhinga Stadium.
Mbarara City – Ssekeba Muhamad (GK), Aheebwa Jasper, Othieno Steven, Mukundane Hilary, Karim Ramathan, Pistis Barenge, Swalik Bebe Ssegujja, Jude Ssemugabi, Henry Kitegenyi, Onyai Raymond.
Bright Stars XI – Simon Tamale (GK), Andrew Kaggwa , Simon Ssemayange , Andy Kyambadde, Derrick Ngoobi, Fiat Cleophas, Joseph Janjali, Joseph Marvin Youngman , Nelson Senkatuka, Jungu Methodius, Denis Kaka Omony
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