Saturday, October 22
*KCCA FC 1-0 Vipers
KCCA managed to overcome defending Champions Vipers for their second win of the season in a pulsating league game at Lugogo.
Brian Mato scored the all important goal early into the game and KCCA held on to clinch maximum points.
Mato dived to head home a neat cross from Allan Okello in the sixth minute for goal that decided a well attended game at Lugogo.
Vipers, playing their first game since qualifying for CAF Champions League groups, huffed and puffed but couldn’t find a leveller.
And the Venoms remain with just a point in two games having drawn goalless with Bright Stars in their league opener.
As KCCA bounce back from their 3-1 loss away to Arua Hill to move to six points in three games having beaten Wakiso Giants 3-2 at Lugogo.
KCCA had failed to find success in this fixture for the last two seasons, with their last win coming way back in 2019.
Morley Can At least Breathe
That loss against Arua Hill left a sour taste in mouths of KCCA faithfuls.
That result came on the back of an unconvincing opening win against Wakiso Giants.
And after beating rivals Vipers, even coach Morley Byekwaso’s detractors will find some positives to point out at least.
KCCA were not at their fluent best, but dominated Vipers for extended stretches and created goal scoring chances as well.
Lanky forward Tshisungu Kankonde was the likely source for a goal and he almost doubled their lead but his first time shot flew over Alfred Mudekereza’s goal.
He later passed into Moses Waiswa’s path only for the Midfielder to fire off the goal frame.
Shaban Muhammad came in later on after doubts over his fitness, and KCCA did hold on for a needed win.
Coach Morley, whose job has been under scrutiny, will be hoping to build on this win as they plot for a better season.
Vipers Brought Down To Earth
All this week, Vipers have been celebrating their CAF Champions League milestone of reaching the lucrative groups after knocking out TP Mazembe.
And that loss at Lugogo pours water on those Celebrations, a result that reminds Coach Robertinho’s main problem of failing to score.
The Club has gone 360 minutes without getting a goal, a spell that started with a goalless draw with Bright Stars and those two legs against TP Mazembe.
They were expected to struggle having lost striker Cesar Manzoki and creator Bobosi Byaruhanga, but could predict such a drought for a side that scored 28 goals more that KCCA last season!
Yunus Sentamu is yet to hit the ground running and the Club will be facing a couple of trolls from rivals after adding many Congolese to their armoury.
The Venoms did not put a foot wrong at Lugogo away from their defensive lapse that led to KCCA goal, and had some near misses to level matters thereafter.
Bright Anukani came in early for Marvin Youngman and he almost made an impact when he searched for Milton Karisa forward who unfortunately was not equal to the task.
Karisa skewed wide from close range while debutant Mbaka Darcy sent his acrobatic kick over.
It’s now back to reality for Robertinho and will start to play catch-up in the league after sides like BUL already set the pace early.
KCCA FC visit Maroons on October 28 at Luzira, the same opponent Vipers will face at Kitende on November 4.
KCCA – Benjamin Ochan, Mustafa Mujuzi, Allan Okello, Ashraf Mugume, Brian Majwega, Kankonde Tshisungu, Rogers Mato, Moses Waiswa, Godfrey Wasswa, Denis Iguma, Filbert Obenchan
Vipers – Alfred Mudekereza, Milton Karisa, Joseph Youngman, Dissan Galiwango, Livingstone Mulondo, Yunus Sentamu, Murushid Juuko, Hilary Mukundane, Ashraf Mandela, Darcy Mbaka, Olivier Osomba