Kampala. Jackson Nunda came off the bench to score the winner with his second touch as KCCA extinguished SC Villa’s otherwise spirited efforts in the 3-2 victory at Namboole yesterday.
Albert Mugisa and Bashir Mutanda scored Villa’s goals while Julius Poloto and a Manco Kaweesa own strike counted for KCCA.
KCCA’s first victory in three matches sent them top of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) table on 15 points, one ahead of Vipers, who face Express today.
It couldn’t get any worse for Villa, the record 16-time champions losing their fourth match in seven and staying in relegation with just three points.
The build-up to the match had centred on whether Villa can sink any further, with KCCA manager Mike Mutebi backing them to recover from the abyss and his counterpart Moses Basena insisting progress was being made despite the bad results.
And when Brian Nsubuga started the match before several hundreds of full-voiced fans, the hosts obliged.
Mugisa – an offseason acquisition from Police - along with skipper Ambrose Kirya were running the show in the middle of the park.
And not long the Jogoos were celebrating; Mugisa shaking off his markers and pulling the trigger from about 24 yards. Lukwago tumbled in KCCA goal as the ball bounced off the wet surface and in it went on 14 minutes.
The visitors responded almost immediately; Awany powering down the left from his half and leaving Manco Kaweesa in his wake before crossing for Poloto to head in the leveler.
KCCA then took the lead on 32 minutes from the most unlikely source, Kaweesa turning Poloto’s cross from the right into his own net. In between Mike Mutyaba missed a sitter after Allan Kyambadde doing all the work for him.
But the Jogoos forced it level with Mutanda sweeping the ball in on the stroke of half time after KCCA goalkeeper Lukwago and his two defenders held a brief emergency class in how not to defend.
The second half was less enthralling, but like has been the case in their previous six matches; their defence - which had Savio Kabugo and Shafik Bakaki in the centre - put paid their sins once again.
Filbert Obenchan took a long throw-in and, fresh from the bench in place of Lawrence Bukenya, the unmarked Nunda met it with full force for a headed winner on 60 minutes.
“I had a good feeling when I came on,” Nunda, who has been very unlucky with injuries, told Daily Monitor, “I’m now okay and the doctors tell me for as long am feeling well psychologically, am good to go.”
Mugisa, who did not deserve to be on the losing said, was clearly inconsolable. “I thought we played well. We should have got something from the game.”
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