Friday, February 9
•Kitara 1-1 SC Villa
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In a thrilling encounter at Masindi, SC Villa showed resilience once again as Patrick Jonah Kakande’s late heroics secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Kitara.
Trailing 1-0 with only six minutes left on the clock, Kakande delivered a moment of brilliance, curling a stunning shot into the top corner, leaving goalkeeper Crispus Kusiima with no chance.
Kitara had taken the lead earlier in the match when substitute Brian Aheebwa capitalized on a rebound from close range after goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige initially parried away a powerful shot from Jude Ssemugabi.
Kakande’s performance earned him back-to-back player of the match awards, having previously saved SC Villa with a brace in their second-round opener against Maroons.
Charles Lwanga’s handball early in the second half denied Villa a chance to take the lead, resulting in a yellow card for the striker.
Additionally, midfielder Ronald Ssekiganda’s effort was thwarted by the crossbar as Villa asked Kitara questions.
Kitara also had their share of opportunities, with Living Kabon’s precise cross failing to find Paul Mucureezi’s head for a potential goal.
Aheebwa also had a chance to double Kitara’s advantage but hesitated, allowing Villa to clear the danger.
With this draw, Kitara remains in second place with 33 points, four points behind league leaders BUL.
SC Villa, boasting an unbeaten record on the road this season, sits fourth in the standings with 30 points.
The result further underlines SC Villa’s determination to compete at the top of the league and showcases Kakande’s pivotal role in their campaign.
Kitara – Crispus Kusiima, Maxwell Owachgiu, Dudu Ramathan, Jasper Aheebwa, Jude Ssemugabi, Living Kabon, Paul Mucureezi, Solomon Okwalinga, Paddy Muhumuza, Denis Omedi, Arthur Kiggundu
SC Villa – Meddie Kibirige, Kenneth Ssemakula, Arnold Odong, Joseph Kafumbe, Elvis Ngonde, Gavin Kizito, Ronald Ssekiganda, Charles Lwanga, Cyrus Kibande, Abas Kyeyune, Jonah Kakande