Tear Gas As Kyetume Stun Kataka For UPL Promotion

Thursday, April 28
•Blacks Power 2-1 Luweero United
•Kataka 2-3 Kyetume
•Nyamityobora 0-4 Maroons
•Ndejje University 5-0 Kitara
•Calvary Vs MYDA (Not played)

There were ugly scenes at full-time at Mbale Municipal Stadium after Kyetume held on to beat hosts Kataka to return to Uganda Premier League.

Police was forced to fire tear gas to disperse a couple of fans that had stormed the pitch to attack the match officials after referee Mashood Ssali had blown the final whistle.

A rowdy fan was seen punching an assistant referee at the final whistle.

Also two Kataka FC players wrestled down a Kyetume player who tried to celebrate the hard earned victory.

Kyetume player (white) being squeezed

This was an addition to earlier events that had seen Kataka officials deny a couple of visiting fans and Sanyuka TV (match broadcaster) from accessing the stadium before parity was restored.

Kyetume Back in Uganda Premier League.

Kyetume FC beat Kataka at their own backyard at Mbale Municipal Stadium to Premier League in dramatic fashion on last day of the season.

Going into the game, Kataka needed at least a draw to seal their maiden UPL Promotion.

But goals from Ezra Bida, Ezra Kaye and Sharif Ssaka handed Kyetume an upper hand at halftime.

Francis Odongo and Emmanuel Mukisa scored for the hosts before the hour mark but Kyetume held onto their nerves at an intimidating Mbale Municipal Stadium.

The Slaughters

The result means that Kyetume finish with 34 points, leapfrogging Kataka in third to make a UPL return after a season in Big League.

Blacks Power and Maroons won their respective games to also seal promotion to Uganda Premier League.

It’s a result Kataka will want to forget after starting the day on top of the FUFA Big League table.

The 3-2 scoreline will rank among the best Kyetume have ever recorded after an up and down season.

It looked like promotion was out of reach for Kyetume after the side lost at home to Proline in their second last match.

The Slaughters were relegated last season, alongside MYDA and Kitara after the 2020/21 season was halted by COVID-19.

Kyetume got an early breakthrough in the second minute of the game when Sharif Ssaka beat his markers on the before picking Ezra Kaye who bundled in from close range.

And they added the second through Ezra Kaye who headed in a good delivery from Emma Kalyowa.

Ssaka scored the third with a first time shot after neat work down the right from Kaye.

But in a breathtaking second half, Kataka gave themselves a fighting stance when Mukisa, a minute after heading out with a goal at his mercy, powered in from close range after chasing on Raymond Onyai’s long ball.

Odongo brushed in the second after Kyetume failed to head out a long throw-in from Stephen Nyamaisi.

But Kataka failed to sustain their attacks and Kyetume did just enough before Referee Mashood Ssali brought an end to the game.

Proline, who has earlier completed their league games, have been relegated to Regional League after Ndejje beat Kitara FC 5-0 at the Arena of Visions.

Hamim Ssemakula, Abdulkarim Kasule, Nicholas Luzige, Reagan Mpande and Brian Obedi were on target for Ndejje who survived drop.

The other match between Calvary and MYDA FC was not played after the Visitors failed to show up for the match at Greenlight Stadium.

Elsewhere, Michael Siwu scored a brace as Blacks Power beat Luweero United and earn UPL Promotion as Big League champions.

At Kakyeka, Goals from Fred Amaku, Hadadi Kambugu, Solomon Walusimbu, Belmos Opio and Bruno Bbosa saw Maroons beat Nyamityobora to finish second in Big League.



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