Startimes League: Forward Odongo inspires Police FC in win over BUL FC

Police FC had to wait until 68 minutes, before they could score a goal against BUL FC at the MTN Omondi stadium on February 16. Forward Johnson Odongo volleyed home from close range, after a goalmouth melee, before setting up fellow forward Brian Muluuli a few minutes later, to make it 2-0.

Although Odongo ended up bagging the man of the match award from Pilsner, as he had done in the previous game against Kyetume FC in a 3-1 win, he inspired Police to the top of the league, proof of how much they have improved.

Speaking after his team’s vital win, coach Abdallah Mubiru was delighted that they had bagged three points. He added: “We continue to improve as a team. But of course we need to add more effort in our game, so that we are more competitive.”

Mubiru was more delighted about the persistence of his team throughout the game. Police were more dominant despite not being able to create many scoring chances especially in the first half. BUL was quite solid in defence, and their pressing game approach, was crucial in stopping Police from flowing.

That said, the result was important for ensuring that Police FC took over the top of the league table with 16 points after seven games. Going into match-day seven of the Uganda Premier League, Vipers SC were top of the log, after they edged UPDF FC 1-0 over the weekend, to register 14 points.

Yet, after Vipers SC drew 2-2 with Kyetume FC, they were unable to maintain their place at the top. The situation sets up a juicy match-day eight. Vipers will be hosting Police at the St Mary’s stadium in Kitende on Friday February 19 in a clash that is expected to be decisive.

But that game will not happen until Express FC and KCCA FC go head-to-head at Wankulukuku stadium on February 17. A win for Express puts them level on points with Vipers on 15. And considering their ambitions to try and fight for the title, being close to the contenders is a major objective for coach Wasswa Bbosa.

However, KCCA are desperate to end their recent bad form, which has seen the former league champions lose three successive league games. The last time such a scenario happened at KCCA, was in 1992. That leaves coach Mike Mutebi in a must-win situation.

Mutebi said: “We know that the league is a marathon, and therefore, we are not worried about the situation we are in. We are working hard to reduce the mistakes, and we are confident we shall be winning again soon.”

Soon should imply winning in Wankulukuku on Wednesday afternoon, because by and large, the KCCA fans are becoming agitated. The last time KCCA beat Express in Wankulukuku, was in April 2018, following strikes by Allan Okello and Paul Mucureezi.

Meanwhile, in other fixtures on Tuesday, UPDF lost 1-0 at home to Onduparaka FC. Kitara were beaten 1-0 by Mbarara City in Kavumba while Busoga United played out a 1-1 draw with Bright Stars in Jinja. In addition, Myda FC and URA FC lock horns in Tororo on Wednesday while Wakiso Giants take on SC Villa at the Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium.   

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