Dan Wagaluka scored a crucial penalty just before the break after midfielder Joseph Akandwanaho was fouled in the box to help Nyamityobora to a 1-0 win against UPDF at Bombo Army Barracks on Sunday.
It was Nyamityobora’s second game in three days after losing 2-1 at the hands of Ndejje University on the opening day.
“I think all my players gave their best,” coach Alex Isabirye said. “We needed a response from the Ndejje game and we found a way to do that.” Nyamityobora will now embark on three home games at Kakyeka in Mbarara starting with Friday’s tie against Kasese New Villa.
Yet, Ndejje University did not play their game against Water over licensing issues. Water, who lost 2-1 in their opening game on Thursday, could not raise a match-day squad at Ndejje for reported lack of licences. The competitions committee is yet to announce itself on the way forward. But it was not only Water that was affected as Katwe United’s 1-1 draw with Saviour in Hoima saw them for the second match present only 13 players.
After a 0-0 draw at halftime, Godfrey Ekwaro took Saviour into the lead before Allan Tebusweke equalised in the 78th minute. Katwe head coach, Hassan Mubiru said: “a point away from home is good enough.” They host Dove on Sunday in their next game.
Elsewhere, Stephen Oriokot’s 16th minute goal was all Light SS needed to beat newly promoted Myda 1-0 after Thursday loss to Katwe United while Paidha bounced from a 1-1 draw with Arua’s Doves All Stars to beat Bukedea 1-0 in Zombo.
Match-day three action will continue on Thursday.
FUFA BIG LEAGUE
UPDF 0-1 Nyamityobora
Kitara 1-0 Kasese New Villa
Paidha 1-0 Bukedea
Saviour 1-1 Katwe
Myda 0-1 Light SS
Plascon 1-1 Kabale Sharp
Ndejje vs. Water (Postponed)