UPDF Send Mbarara City to Big League

Sunday, 8th May

Mbarara City 1-2 UPDF

Mbarara City have been relegated to the FUFA Big League after a 2-1 home defeat to UPDF in the Uganda Premier League game played at Kakyeka stadium.

The loss leaves Mbarara seven points adrift of safety with just two games – worth six points – to spare.

First Half goals from Kiirya Aggrey and Mugisha Rogers sunk Mbarara City to the Second tier.

The Ankole Lions had put up a fight when Seiri Arigumaho scored an equaliser earlier, before the Visitors proved merciless.

Mbarara City will ply their trade in the Big League next season for the first time since they were promoted to the top flight in 2017.

It was a poor result for Mbarara City who were playing in front of their fans, and the side return to Lower Division two games to the end of the season, joining Tooro United.

It is also strong to note that UPDF also delivered the final nail in Tooro United’s coffin.

The hosts started brightly with Sadat shot going wide from Okwalinga long ball.

The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute through Kiirya Aggrey to pile more pressure on relegation bound Mbarara City.

The visitors lead lasted only four minutes after Seiri Arigumaho rose highest to head home Okwalinga freekick to level the tie in the 18th minute.

In the 30th minute, Mugisha Rogers restored the visitors lead to silence the hosts.

Despite coming into the second half more hungry and searching for an equalisers, the visitor’s defence was equal to every task.

Mbarara City are 15th on the log with 22 points after 28 matches while UPDF moves to 7th with 36 points in 28 matches.

What next

The league will return on Saturday 14th May, Mbarara City will host fellow Relegated Tooro United at Kakyeka stadium while UPDF will travel away to Express at Wankulukuku Stadium.

Team Lineups

Mbarara City XI: Martin Elungat (GK), Othieno Steven, Aheebwa Jasper, Otti Ronald, Bamba Soulymane, Pistis Barenge, Solomon Okwalinga, Seiri Arigumaho, Jude Ssemugabi, Sadat Nsubuga.

SUBS: Ssekeba Muhammad, Dudu Ramathan, Bebe Swalik, Henry Musisi, Edwok Ronald, Otude, Adriko John.

UPDF XI: Wasswa Yusuf (GK), James Begesa, Oyirwoth Daglas, Musa Mudde, Kiirya Aggrey, Okello Donato, Simon Mbazira, Ibrahim Wammanah, Ivan Ahimbisibwe, Yiga Frank, Mugisha Rogers.

SUBS: Denis Ssekitoleko, Magogo Shafiq, Ezekiel Katende, Dongo Mustafa, Kasozi Samson, Yasin Sabir.



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