At a time when most football leagues had broken off for the International break to take effect, the Uganda Premier League turned up for Matchday 8 which was played on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th.
A total of eight games were played with all the 16 teams taking part, a total of 17 goals were scored with only one game between Bright Stars and Toro United ending goalless.
The biggest scare or surprise of the Tuesday fixtures and undoubtedly the whole match day was at Njeru Technical Centre where Coach Peter Onen of BUL F.C tactically outmatched Mike Mutebi of KCCA F.C in a 3-0 win.
BUL F.C constantly counter attacked KCCA F.C after laying a combative line of defence and flooding the midfielder with 4 players when KCCA got the ball. This tactical piece did not let Nicholas Kasozi and Mutyaba pass the ball with ease in the middle of the park hence losing the ball more often.
This win gave the BUL’s the needed push to continue their dominating run propelling them further at the top of the log with 16 points from 7 games while KCCA remain without a win in three consecutive games and 13th on the log with 7 points.
Going into MD8, second placed Onduparaka hosted URA. On paper it looked like an easy game for the Caterpillars (Onduparaka) first because it was at their home field at Green Light Stadium and secondly, they were in good form with 4 consecutive wins while The Taxpayers (URA) were on an opposite streak with 4 consecutive win-less games.
Uganda Premier League Match Day 8 Results
Surprisingly, URA forward, Cromwell Rwothomio took matters into his own hands scoring two goals for the visitors pushing the team 9 points up on the table while Onduparaka’s Wahab was only able to grab a consolation goal late in injury time of the second half.
Express F.C paid a tricky visit to UPL debutants, Kyetume who are most known for defeating SC Villa on matching day 1. As usual, the hosts passed the ball so well but were let down by poor finishing.
The defining moment of the game came 5 minutes to the end of the first half when Brian Ssenyondo scored the lone goal of the game giving the Red Eagles their first clean sheet of the season and taking them to ten points.
To close off Tuesday’s action, bottom of the log Proline entertained Busoga United at Startimes Stadium, a game the visitors won 0-1 scored by Isma Kawawulo despite the hosts doing more of the attacking.
Proline’s constant attacks were rendered useless due to the well-timed defensive pressure from the Busoga stopper, Rogers Omedwa who was later declared the man of the match. Busoga United was able to gain 10 points with this win.
Wednesday was flagged off by Police hosting Vipers SC at Startimes Stadium where they took a shocking lead after Hood Kaweesa’s headed goal. After falling behind, the Venoms constantly attacked The Cops until their former defender, Paul Willa’s cross went straight into the goal after an error by the Cops goalie Hilary Jomi.
Vipers were later able to gain the lead when captain, Halid Lwaliwa met Abdul Karim Wantabala’s corner to nod home a second goal ending the half with a 1-2 lead.
In the 80th minute, Watambala gave the visitors a lead when he scored Vipers’ third and game winner. The win took Vipers to 14 points in 6 games and leaves the Venoms the only UPL side not to taste a loss this season.
Man of the match listings for Uganda Premier League Match Day 8
At Prisons Grounds in Luzira, UPL (Uganda Premier League) Coach of the month of September Douglas Bamweyana’s side Maroons scored so early and so late with Pius Obuyo’s goal in the 25th minute and Desse Mukwala in stoppage time respectively.
At a moment the game looked like it was headed for a draw when Jude Semugabi leveled things for the Ankole Lions in the 79th minute only for the hearts of the Lions’ fans and players to be broken by a stoppage time goal.
The last match of Match Day 8 was a floodlights game where the Purple Sharks were hosted by the giants in slumber, SC Villa at Mandela National Stadium. The home fans as usual turned up in enormous numbers and the visitors also pulled a fairly good ground hence making a great ambiance for the beautiful game to flourish.
Wakiso Giants were the more threatening side in the first half with Viane Sekujjo posing a very big threat to Villa’s right wing and on many occasions dribbling past Kibumba forcing a number of saves off Saidi Keni.
There was also a foul from the Villa stopper outside of the area winning a freekick for the visitors which unfortunately the Sharks did not use fruitfully.
The deadlock was broken by Amir Kakomo whose powerful effort from outside of the area went through several Wakiso defenders into the back of the net 10 minutes into the second half. David Owori added a second which was a fine lob over the Wakiso stopper in the final 20 minutes.
In the 80th minute, Kawooya was sent off leaving the home team a man down. The win took SC Villa to 15 points while Wakiso Giants remain without a win in their away fixtures.
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Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.