Kampala Hockey Club managed their most sought revenge, beating Kenya Police 4-3 in flicks to storm the Phoenix Hockey Championships finals in Tanga, Tanzania.
Though Sadik Akii missed his flick, Joshua Gumisiriza, Norman Gabula, Derrick Ringtho and captain Sam Mwesigwa all converted from the spot after a goalless draw in regular time to give KHC a hard earned win.
However, it was goalkeeper Michael ‘Dante’ Mafabi who stole the show with two heroic saves to deny Police a third straight win in two years against the Kampala side. KHC lost 4-0 and 13-1 to the Kenyan outfit in last year’s edition and in the Africa Club Championships (ACCC) in January respectively.
“It was undoubtedly the hardest match we have ever played. Our win is a result of great team effort,” midfielder Jonathan Ssekalagala said.
KHC’s rivalry with Police became more intense in January during ACCC hosted at Lugogo when Police insisted on wearing their red home kit in Lugogo before they whitewashed Uganda’s own reds 13-1.
“It was a double insult. I felt like crying then but they got on pitch before us and they were in red so we changed to our away kit (blue),” midfielder Moses Nsereko shared. “Then we got on pitch and they beat us like we were non-existent. Now we can celebrate stopping them from defending a regional championship.”