Uganda Premier League Match Day 17 Talking Points

Kirinya Jinja SS got their first win in the league on Sunday

With KCCA FC and Vipers away due to continental engagements (CAF champions league and Confederation cup respectively), story match day 17 of the Azam Uganda premier league had six games out of the possible eight.

There were several moments that stood out during the games played and ChimpSport’s Joel Muyita brings the 10 talking points of match day 17.

1. Kirinya get maiden win

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Kirinya Jinja SS finally tasted victory in the top flight league after a 2-0 win against Sadolin Paints on Sunday. After struggling in the first round, for sale Kirinya went for a massive recruitment during the January transfer window signing several players including George Ssenkaba, John Ssemazi and Isaac Ntege among others.

2. Referee gets Injured

Centre referee Ali Bakisula could only last for 45 minutes for the game between Lweza and Bright stars after sustaining an ankle injury. He was replaced by fourth official of the day Dennis Battle after recess.

3. Goals scored

A total of 15 goals were scored on match day 17 in six games making an average of 2.5 goals. The previous match day had 17 goals in 8 games.

4. Players with two goals

Only two players managed to score a brace. Kirinya’s George Ssenkaba scored twice as his team defeated Sadolin Paints 2-0 on Sunday.

BUL’s new recruit from URA FC, Villa Oromchan also netted twice as the Jinja based side defeated Express 3-0 at Kakindu stadium on Tuesday.

5. SC Villa woes

After picking a goalless draw against Bright stars last week, SC Villa once again dropped points against lowly JMC Hippos settling for a 1-1 draw.

The Jogoos now trail league leaders KCCA FC two points but the latter have a game in hand.

Reports already indicate Head coach Shafik Bisaso has been given a one match ultimatum against Lweza this weekend.

6. Bright stars pick first away win

Before the start of match day 17, only three teams had not won a single game away from home. (Bright stars, JMC Hippos and Kirinya Jinja SS).

However, the unwanted 7 game winless streak was brought to halt with a 2-1 win against Lweza at Muteesa II stadium,Wankulukuku on Sunday.

7. Lweza Jersey mess

Professionalization of the Uganda premier league will still continue to be a mystery if clubs can’t pay attention to details.

After an exodus of several players during the January transfer window, Lweza didn’t take an initiative to change the jerseys used by the departed players and instead the new recruits used jerseys that had names of players that left the club.

8. Henry Katongole sent off

Just as it was the case on match day 16 where one player (Brian Bweete) was sent off, this time it was SC Villa’s defender Henry Katongole who received matching orders in the game against JMC Hippos at Kakindu stadium.

9. Own goal

Stephen Luswata (Express FC)  became the first player to score into his own net in the second round of the league.

He failed to deal with Villa Oromchan’s goal bound ball and instead directed it into his own net as Express lost 3-0 to BUL.

10. Goals by substitutes

Of the 15 goals scored on match day 17, four were scored by  players who came off the bench.

John Kokas Opejo came off the bench and scored Bright stars’ second goal against Lweza.

In the same game, John Wesley Kisakye also came on as a substitute to score Lweza’s consolation goal.

Yasin Mugume was a second half substitute and he scored the lone goal as Police defeated Proline 1-0 at Phillip Omondi stadium.

Robert Mukongotya was the other substitute who got onto the score sheet. He came off the bench to salvage a point for URA FC in the 2-2 draw against Onduparaka.


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