AUPL: Shaban’s Solitary Strike Helps Onduparaka Earn Maiden Away Win

Uganda Premier League
The Saints 0-1 Onduparaka

Barely a day after being crowned the Airtel Fufa male footballer of the year, ampoule Mohammad Shaban continued his celebrations in Bombo helping Onduparaka earn a hard fought win against Saints.

Shaban’s solitary strike in the first half eventually turned out to be the deciding moment in the game where goalkeepers on either side had stellar performances.

Kabon Living got the first attempt on goal in the 10th minute after a long ball from Gadinho met him on the far end but his effort went just afew inches off target.

Two minutes later, Muhammad Shaban got onto the score sheet with his eighth goal of the campaign slotting the ball past goalkeeper Alex Mugabi.

Gadinho did the donkey work before laying a low cross which found Shaban unmarked just outside the area and he pounced on the lose ball with his left sending the travelling fans into a frenzy.

The teenage striker almost doubled the lead in the 23rd but his header off Rashid Agau’s cross sailed above the goal area.

Moses Basena, the Saints coach called for an early change introducing Aggrey Kirya for Ezekiel Katende at the half hour mark.

Anyama was forced to make an acrobatic save to deny Godfrey Wakaza and Faizal Anini cleared the rebound that was headed for goal.

Ivan Kiweewa had a glorious chance to level matters with five minutes to the break after skinning through Onduparaka defence but failed to put the ball past goalkeeper, Richard Anyama.

The hosts kept pilling pressure even after recess but failed to utilise the several chances they created.

Kabon Living was denied by the woodwork five minutes after recess with his powerful shot ricocheting off the cross bar.

Anyama denied Rogers Aloro parrying away the latter’s shot from a free kick in the 72nd minute.

Reckless defending from Dennis Ssekitoleko deep into added time gifted the ball to Shaban Muhammad but goalkeeper Mugabi had a simple tap on Shaban’s attempt and the ball went out for a corner.

The result means Onduparaka move from sixth to fourth on the table with 21 points, ten behind league leaders KCCA.

On the other hand Saints remain in 10th position on 15 points

Saints starting XI: Alex Mugabi, Joseph Othieno, Denis Ssekitoleko, Isa Mubiru, Fred Agandu, Marlon Tangawuzi, Rogers Aloro, Ivan Kiweewa, Paul Ddumba, Godfrey Wakaza, Ezekiel Katende

Onduparaka starting XI: Richard Anyama, Saddam Norman, Gasper Alex, Akram Kakembo, Rashid Toha, Ivan Mbowa, Faizal Anini, Gaddafi Gadinho, Muhammad Shaban, Kabon Living, Rashid Agau


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