MBARARA/KAMPALA. One of the major reasons for Mbarara City’s outstanding StarTimes Uganda Premier League campaign thus far is Livingstone Mbabazi.
Apart from having the team play as a unit, Mbabazi has maintained a levelheadedness at least publicly, amid the excitement that has seen many club fans label the team as title contenders.
He was in similar mood on Friday evening even after seeing side claim the Mbarara bragging rights with a 3-0 hammering of rivals Nyamityobora to move within five points of leaders KCCA before yesterday’s games.
“Of course I am happy with the team but you cannot talk about the title,” he maintained.
Makueth Wol slotted in a contestable goal in the second minute after Paul Mucureezi picked the ball beyond the white line for the opener. Mucureezi scored his sixth of the season in the 25th minute tapping in from the box for Mbarara’s second.
A halftime pep talk seemed to have worked but Nyamityobora’s resilience was broken by Jude Ssemugabi, who scored his second of the season leaving defenders guessing as he turned 180 degrees to put the game beyond the Abanyakare.
The result left Nyamityobora coach Asaph Mwebaze visibly frustrated as evidenced by his damning silence as he got stuck on his white chair several minutes after the final whistle of the well-attended game.
A disappointed Mwebaze called off training until Monday despite playing Express the following day at Kakyeka.
“I cannot tolerate this indiscipline,” Mwebaze said of the result that left them in the relegation zone. “The senior players are not giving us what they ought to and we cannot survive with such an attitude.
At Namboole, Maroons gave their survival hopes a major short in the arm with a 1-0 win over URA in a result that should have them at least five points above the relegation places by the end of the week.
Like on their previous visit to the stadium when they left with a point in a 1-all draw against SC Villa, they were again indebted to goalkeeper Emmanuel Akol who made several eye-catching saves before Maroons got their goal.
It came in the 73rd minute through a Brian Majwega penalty after Ronald Orombi’s header hit Ronald Kigongo’s outstretched arm.
Defeat for URA was meanwhile their second this season and left them fourth with 28 points after 18 games.