Kitara Finish First Round on High

UPL: FT’ Results | Friday, January 5, 2025

Kitara 3-1 Bright Stars
Maroons 4-2 UPDF


Paul Mucureezi’s brace and Jude Ssemugabi’s late goal in Masindi guided Kitara to a deserved win at home as the Royals recovered from a goal down to beat Bright Stars 3-1 in the Uganda Premier League (UPL).

A one-minute moment of silence was observed at Masindi Stadium in memory of Esther Musoke who worked at the Uganda Premier League Secretariat as Chief Commercial Officer who sadly passed away on Thursday evening.

With the game kicking off at 4:00PM, the visitors took the lead as early as second minute of the game through Nelson Ssenkatuka who got his tenth goal of the season. The Bright Stars striker is leading the goalscorers’ chart.

Paul Mucureezi however leveled matters in the 34th minute with a well taken free-kick that beat goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo to end up at the back of the net.

As the contest was even at the break, Kitara had already been forced into an early substitution as Jude Ssemugabi replaced injured Kabon Living.

Five minutes into the second half, Mucureezi completed his brace to put the hosts ahead. He slotted in from Denis Omedi’s well calculated cross, taking his tally to give for the season so far.

Ssemugabi missed a chance to score the third for Kitara in the 72nd minute as he couldn’t connect his head to Omedi’s pass, but he finally did score for the hosts in stoppage time to all but seal the deal for Kitara, adding up his numbers of goals scored this season so far to five.

Kitara’s victory sends them straight to the second position on the 16-team UPL table, having accumulated 29 points now from 15 games.

If Vipers don’t win their game on Saturday, it’ll statistically imply that only current table leaders (BUL with 32 points) would have performed better than the Royals in the first half of UPL.

Meanwhile, Bright Stars will maintain their 10th position on the table with 18 points collected in 15 games.

Lineups used:

Kitara Starting XI; Chrispus Kusiima (GK), Maxwell Owachgiu (C), Jasper Aheebwa, Ibrahim Magandaazi, Ramathan Dudu, Paul Mucureezi, Solomon Okwalinga, Brian Aheebwa, Dennis Omedi, Paddy Muhumuza, Kabon Living

Substitutes; Farouk Yawe (GK), David Kasaija, Shafik Magogo, Kipper Luwalo, Donato Okello, David, Yiga, Hamim Semakula, DerrickByabachwezi, Jude Ssemugabi, George Ssenkaaba

Bright Stars Starting XI; Hassan Matovu (GK), Andy Kyabadde (C), Denis Omony Kaka, Kato Nemeyimana, Innocent Kitimbo, Alex Madera, Noordin Bunko, Derrick Kiggundu, John Kokas Alou, Yasin Mugume, Nelson Ssenkatuuka

Substitutes; Sanon Mulabi, Ashraf Mulindi, Frank Kizanyiro, Mathias Lothar Okwalinga, Jafari Kaziro, Fiat Cephas, Warren Buule, Kiiza, Shafik Kakande, Nsereko

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