Thursday, May 2
Wakiso Giants 2-1 Entebbe FC
(Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe)
Wakiso Giants have been promoted to the StarTimes Uganda Premier league after overcoming Entebbe FC in a FUFA big league encounter played at Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe.
Norman Ogik, returning from injury, set the tone for the day with a beauty when he ran through on Ivan Kiweewa’s ball to loop a helpless Entebbe FC keeper.
Weasley Kisakye made sure that the game ends one all at the break after heading in from the corner.
Ivan Kiweewa, widely known as Kalolo in the football circles, slotted in the second for the hosts from close range.
The victory leaves the Purple Sharks with 40 points, four above Kyetume in second who beat Nebbi Central 5-1, with just a game to spare. The Giants will travel to Arua to face Dove All stars in their last game.
The result leaves Entebbe FC with 16 points, and have been relegated to Regional league.
Difficult affair, but joy at last:
It was expected to be an easy affair with first up against second-from-the-bottom Entebbe FC, however, the former Masavu team proved a hard nut to crack.
Abdul Karim Kasule headed wide from Ayub Kisaliita’s lofty delivery before Feni Ali fired wide from Ogik’s pass after a good run of play.
Ogik’s goal came after an hour and when the striker who joined in mid season from Police FC was put through on goal, he did not do any mistake.
The joy was however short lived when Kisakye, a former Lweza, Express and Onduparaka player powered in a header that beat Mansoor Mutumba who looked reckless in stopping previous efforts.
Kasule and Richard ‘Gaza’ Kigozi paved way for Hakim Ssenkumba and Geoffrey Luutu, and the changes worked the magic for Ibrahim Kirya’s charges.
Wakiso continued to look the better side, but blunt in front of goal. Ogik had a glancing header which was ruled out by referee Brian Miiro.
Kiweewa settled nerves later in the 59th minute, a goal which proved to be the winner.
Wakiso Up, a dream Come True
With Uganda’s football history and stats in shade, Wakiso Giants might be the first club to earn promotion on first attempt.
Like I wrote preciously, this may not be one of the best success stories ever told, but their rise to stardom will hold a special mention in the history of the game.
Musa ‘Ategenda’ Ssebulime bought the club, formerly Kamuli Park, in June 2017 at a fee which is believed to be around Sh100M, and after overhaul changes, the club started to swiftly excel by winning the harts of many people who became ardent fans.
It should be noted that Wakiso have earned their premier league status while hosting ‘away from home’ – FUFA ordered the club to host in Jinja, and they finally landed on Bugembe.