Jinja Secondary School had a sloppy start to the Brookside East Africa Secondary school games, suffering defeat in their opening game against Kenya’s Kakamega on Sunday.
The battle between the champions of Uganda and Kenya watched by a mammoth crowd at Pece stadium in the heart of Gulu town ended in a 2-1 victory for the visiting team.
The game acted as the opening event of the tournament and was watched by the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of East Africa Affairs, Ali Kirunda Kivejinja who represented President Yoweri Museveni.
Playing at this stage for their maiden time, Jinja SS clearly looked nervous failing to match the pace of the Kenyan side.
By the 16th minute mark, Kakamega took the lead through powerful forward Ronald Bebeto after a poor clearance from goalkeeper Joshua Rubangkene.
Jinja SS however mounted pressure in pursuit for the leveler with Joel Madondo making individual efforts to put Kakamega’s defence on tenter hooks.
Three minutes after the hour mark, Jinja SS were awarded a penalty after defender Tom Teka pulled down Madondo inside the forbidden area.
The sharp striker cooled his nerves to take the resultant penalty sending goalkeeper Job Ochieng the wrong way.
This instantly sent the crowd into wild cheers as the two sides returned to the tunnel at par.
However, the visitors stepped up their efforts after recess and became too dominant.
The decisive moment was in the 54th minute when a miscommunication between Jinja SS goalkeeper Rubangkene and defender Peter Ssebagala gifted Henry Juma with the ball and he did no mistake to fire home.
The game eventually ended 2-1 in favour of Kakemega Boys.
Jinja SS starting XI
Joshua Rubangkene, Peter Onzima, George William Kalyowa, Peter Ssebagala, Fesali Najib, Jerome Kirya, Douglas Mulabi, Vincent Zziwa, Joel Madondo, Allan Mubiru, Ivan Wani.
Kakamega starting XI
Job Ochieng, Yusuf Mainge, Ooko Boniface, Tom Teka, Kuol John, Alpha Chris, Jackson Odhiambo, Joshua Otieno, Ronald Bebeto, James Nazembe, Henry Juma