SCVU Overcome Kiira To Make Uganda Cup Quarters


help geneva;”>Kira took an early lead when Baker Lukooya curled a free kick straight into goal, but a two goal salvo from Edema in the second half secured the win and a place in the quarter finals.

SCVU’s recent form was a source of inspiration, but a head-to-head record against the visitors would be of concern to Alex Isabirye and his team. SCVU had before kick-off never defeated Kira in four meetings.

The SCVU bench was then stunned into silence on 14 minutes when Baker Lukooya drilled a curled effort past Ali Kimera. This after Lawrence Kasadha had tripped Joseph Kabagambe on the right.

Kabagambe continued to cause all sorts of trouble on the right as Kira stifled SCVU’s creative threat mostly in the middle and on the right flanks. But Edema had an opportunity to level when Kasadha’s near perfect cross was met well at the near post. That seemingly was a sign of things to come from the forward who had scored twice only two days ago.

But at the start of the second period, a second goal would not have flattered Kira, when Brian Nkubi was left unmarked in the area. The diminutive forward however had his strike punched out.

Kira however were at the centre of the game’s turning point when Richard Kasaga misjudged an aerial ball as it eluded the full back. Edema was just in the right place to shoot past Frank Oringa on 56 minutes. Edema reminding us all of his predatory instincts.

The leveler forced Isabirye into two substitutions with Noah Semakula and Nestroy Kizito coming on for Razak Ewatu and Lawrence Kasadha respectively.

Their impact on the game would immediately be felt. Agandu dispossessed Mubiru Aziz, dashed forward with an interplay with Semakula. Semakula’s through pass found Edema in space to lash a low effort past Oringa in the 66th minute.

SCVU unfortunately sat back thereafter and allowed Kira to attack and it took the quick intervention of Nestroy Kizito to clear as substitute Emma Obitre stretched to strike in the area. Kimera also needed some quick reaction to collect a back pass from Mpuga as Henry Oguti threatened to poke home the loose ball.

Anthony Bongole should have had the last say in the encounter after Agandu squared the ball into the forward’s path in the final minutes. Bongole was unable to get a clear shot with the goal all at his mercy.

SCVU nevertheless rode their luck to earn a first win over their rivals and set up a quarter-final date with newly promoted side Bright Stars on Tuesday 30 April.

FT: SCVU 2-1 KIRA (Goals: B.Lukooya 14’ P.Edema 56’ 66’)

YELLOW CARDS: L.Kasadha, S.Kabugo (SCVU)

OFFICIALS: Centre Ref. Kaddu Ali, Assts: Sam Kayondo, William Oloya

SCVU: A.Kimera, F.Agandu, L.Kasadha (Kizito), S.Kabugo, D.Iguma, M.Mpuga, M.Kaweesa, R.Ewatu (Semakula), H.Lopidia, P.Edema, G.Abege (Bongole)

SUBS: E.Kalyowa, B.Agere, E.Feni, A.Bongole, W.Mugisha, N.Semakula, N.Kizito

KIRA FC: F.Oringa, J.Ntambi, A.Mubiru, R.Kasaga, P.Waligo (Bakiranze), D. Teko, J.Kabagambe (Obitre), B.Nkumbi, L.Nduga (Oguti), J.Tamale, B.Lukooya

SUBS: J.Orach, L.Bakiranze, O.Osomba, E.Obitre, H.Oguti, R.Kato, G.Mohammed


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