By : Gladys Zawedde
Ibrahim Pengere’s header in the 41st minute from a well curved cross from Philly Lutaaya denied Mbarara City chance to pick maximum points against fellow relegation threatened side Masavu FC.
Pengere’s equalizer cancelled out Emmanuel Ibe Obina’s early penalty kick goal.
Masavu FC looked a better side on the evening creating a host of attacks only to be wasted by Arthur Ssemazzi and Ivan Lubaale.
In the 8th minute, Rashid Kyambadde squandered Masavu’s scoring opportunity when he headed the ball over the bar with Ali Kimera already beaten.
Ibrahim Orit and Owen Kasule were Mbarara City’s most impressive attacking options and in the 21st minute Ibrahim Pengere fouled Orit in the 18 yards box resulting into a penalty which was well converted by Nigerian import Emmanuel Ibe Obina.
In the second half, Masavu introduced James Kasibante for the unproductive and lethargic Arthur Ssemazzi to bolster their scoring opportunities.
Pressure mounted on either ends as both teams played an attacking game but cautiously defending not to concede in the later stages.
Masavu were reduced to 10 men when right back Philly Lutaaya was shown matching orders for foul play on Emmanuel Ibe Obina in the 77th minute. Joseph Mutyaba subsequently brought on Patrick Senfuka for Rashid Kyambadde to at least hold on to a point.
Masavu FC remains at the bottom of the log with 24 points whereas their opponents Mbarara City are 13th with 28 points.
Both teams will be back in league action on Saturday 6th May. Masavu FC will be paying a visit to Kirinya Jinja SS and Mbarara City will host Proline FC at Kakyeka.
Salim Wekiya, Ibrahim Pengere, Sulaiman Ochero, Philly Lutaaya, Simon Namwanja, Sande Mukiibi, Charles Wamala, Abraham Ndugwa, Rashid Kyambadde, Ivan Lubaale, Arthur Ssemazzi
Mbarara City XI
Ali Kimera (GK), Asuman Alishe, Hillary Mukundane, Steven Othieno, Clinton Komugisha, Zaid Byekwaso, Makweth, Pistis Barenge, Ibrahim Orit, Pistis Barenge, Owen Kasule, Emmanuel Ibe Obina