By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
Second half substitute Ben Ocen smashed home a late winner as Police bounced back to the winning ways with a 4-3 victory over Express in a mouthwatering game at Namboole.
Express will put all the blame to their lethargic and wasteful forwards Alfred Leku and Michael Birungi who missed a host of clear cut chances to seal victory.
The Cops drew first blood through Ogik Norman who headed home the ball capitalizing on a lapse in the Express defense as early as the 3rd minute of the game.
3 minutes later, Michael Birungi levelled matters for Express finishing from a goal mouth scramble following a corner kick.
Express was then forced into an early change when skipper Steven Luswata got injured and was subsequently replaced by Davis Mayanja in the 25th minute. Omar Hitimana quickly took up the captain’s armband.
Ayub Kisalita put Express in the lead when he rebounded a lose ball from a distance after goalkeeper Davis Mutebi had came off his line to make a clearance in the 33rd minute.
The start of the second half saw both sides make changes with Express bringing on Juma Sebadduka for Mubarak Nsubuga whereas Police withdrew Tony Kiwalaze for Ben Ocen.
Abudallah Mubiru’s coached men kick started the half on high in search for the leveller through relentless attacks and their efforts paid off in the 50th minute.
Pius Kaggwa found the equalizer when he latched a low shot from outside the box to capitalize on the poor defending by the Express’ Sulaiman Jjingo and Omar Hitimana.
It turned out into a nail biting and end to end stuff as Police nearly got another but Shafiq Kakeeto Nana came to Express’ when he cleared the ball off the line on its way to the back of the net.
Sulaiman Jjingo was withdrawn for a more aggressive Ronnie Kisekka to put a halt on Pius Kaggwa who had became a continuous menace down the right flank.
However, his introduction made less impact as Police continuously won corner kicks one after the other.
In the 65th minute, Ayub Kisalita restored Express’ lead when he sublimely shot from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal to beat Davis Mutebi once again.
At 3-2 in favor of the visitors, Police threw everything in their disposal to the shaky defense of Express and in the process, goalkeeper Tony Kyamera got injured on two occasions taking a number of minutes to cool the mounting pressure.
Mubiru made an offensive change as he withdrew left back Aggrey Madoi for young striker Mufti Luzinda in pursuit for a goal.
Express could have scored the fourth to kill off the game had it not been the wastefulness of their attackers. Mike Birungi failed to find the net from 10 yards when he miss kicked a minus from Alfred Leku with the keeper already beaten and off his line.
It was the same Birungi who selfishly decided to go for goal but his shot went wide yet he had an option in Alfred Leku who stood strategically unmarked just near the penalty mark.
Alfred Leku was another culprit when he was released by Jalilu Zimula and went one on one with the keeper only to sluggishly miss on the final touch under the pressure of a fast approaching Martin Mpuuga.
Prior to this moment, Leku had also missed a host of chances including one in the first half and another one in the 58th minute as his low effort hit the woodwork.
With 5 minutes to normal time, an unmarked Ogik Norman scored from close range with a header from one of the many corner kicks Police won on the evening to make it 3-3.
More than 10 more minutes were played in compensation for the time wasted as Tony Kyamera the Express custodian was getting treatment.
It’s was heart break awaiting Express as Ben Ocen punished them for the numerous chances they wasted.
Ocen scored in the 99th minute finishing off a trickery spade work from Pius Kaggwa who artistically nutmegged Ronnie Kisekka and left him down on the turf to lay down a cross in the box.
The loss which is Express’ 12th of the season leaves the Wankulukuku outfit bottom placed with 16 points with only 10 games left. Police moves to the 7th position with 28 points garnered from 20 games played.
Shafiq Bisaso’s men will take on Soana in their subsequent fixture on Tuesday 13th at Wankulukuku. Police will visit BUL FC on the same date at Kakindu Stadium.
Police FC XI
Davis Mutebi, Paul Willa, Aggrey Madoi, Sadat Kyambadde, Martin Mpuuga, Tonny Kyewalaze, Pius Kaggwa, Rahmat Ssenfuka, Ogik Norman, Albert Mugisa, Juma Balinya
Douglas Kisembo, Reuben Kimera, Arafat Galiwango , Mufti Luzinda, Ibrahim Kibumba, Shakur Makeera
Tonny Kyamera, Julius Ntambi, Sulaiman Jjingo, Shafiq Kakeeto, Omar Hitimana, Steven Luswata, Mubarak Nsubuga, Ayub Kisalita, Alfred Leku, Michael Birungi, Jalilu Zimula
Godwin Buule, Ronnie Kisekka, Juma Sebadduka, Sharif Ochaya, Isaac Kisujju, Davis Mayanja, David Ndihabwe
Onduparaka FC 0-1 SC Villa
SOANA FC 1-0 URA