KAMPALA- A goalkeeping dilemma had distressed Kampala in the first three matches until they recruited Vipers budding shot stopper Bashir Sekagya.
Having missed the second round of the league season with a recurring knee injury, Sekagya was virtually the difference between Kampala and Busoga at Lugogo as the former accrued their first victory in the Fufa Drum tourney on Saturday.
Tom Masiko scored the solitary goal on 55 minutes in a tense game but Sekagya’s reflex saves kept a desperate Busoga at bay.
Kampala had conceded in each of the first three group A losses to Busoga, Rwenzori and Tooro with Saidi Keni and Davis Mutebi in goal but here was Sekagya giving them assurance that they can make it to the quarterfinals and also challenge for the title.
“The moment we were secure at the back with Sekagya we concentrated on utilizing our strength - team unit,” Kampala coach Wasswa Bbosa revealed.
To Sekagya, getting a win was so emotional and a confidence booster.
“First I want to thank God for helping my team win. This was my first match in a long time (six months) and I dedicate this victory to my grandmother who is currently admitted, “ said the former UPDF custodian who bagged the man of match gong.
Bbosa is optimistic they can ride on the first three points and win the next two matches to progress.
David Obua’s Lango team expectedly overcame Sebei 2-0 in an away game that had Moses Aliro Okabo and Allan Okello register their names on the score sheet. Okello, fresh from a professional trial in Zurich scooped the man of the match accolade in Sebei.
Elsewhere, West Nile avenged their earlier home loss to Acholi by winning 1-0 at the Pece Stadium in Gulu thanks to Rashid Agua’s strike in match a pulsating match that drew hundreds of spectators. Bugisu lost 3-2 at home to Bukedi in Mbale largely due to the visitors while Kigezi edged Teso 2-0 with goals from Clifford Rukanga and Nickson Niwamanya.
FUFA DRUM TOURNEY
*Kampala 1-0 Busoga
*Bugisu 2-3 Bukedi
*Kigezi 2-0 Teso
*Acholi 0-1 West Nile
*Karamoja 1-0 Bunyoro
*Ankole 0-2 Buganda
*Sebei 0-2 Lango
*Rwenzori 1-0 Tooro