By: Danito Nsubuga
Maroons FC have dealt KCCA FC’s title ambitions a huge blow following a 0-0 stalemate at Luzira Prisons grounds sending their record tally of draws to a record 15.
KCCA needed to keep on track of SC Villa who had won their game against Police yesterday, but they had to attain this by overcoming a Maroons side which they failed to beat at Lugogo in the first meeting.
The defending champions started on the front foot right away from the onset but luck eluded them with most of their efforts either falling into the hands of Ashadu Bugembe, or going way off target.
The second period saw Mike Mutebi introducing Solomon Okwalinga for Jackson Nunda.
Asaph Mwebaze had earlier brought on Pius Obuya for Ronald Kikonyogo at the start of the second half.
Maroons’ best opportunity fell to Solomon Walusimbi who was sent through by an exquisite Pius Obuya strike but the strikier’s effort went slightly off the target.
Obuya’s introduction proved to be a breath of fresh air into Maroons as the crafty winger beat Denis Okot and Timothy Awany. His final execution beat Charles Lukwago but inches off the target.
A hard tackle gone bad resulted into an injury for Allan Anguyo who was substituted for Maxwell Okello.
As time ran down, Mutebi desperately brought on Muhammad Shaban for Paul Mucurezi and Ronald Musana for Mustafa Kizza respectively.
The changes saw KCCA dominating more possession, forcing Maroons to sit back and fight for a point.
Deep into added time, Allan Okello received a poorly cleared ball and he made no mistake but to fire at goal, Ashadu Bugembe punched back in play but Patrick Kaddu sent the rebound over the bar.
The result means KCCA are now 5 points behind leaders SC Villa with a game less. KCCA will visit Onduparaka for their next match.
Maroons maintain their 6th position on 33 points and they are on course for one their best league finish in recent years. They have also mantained a proud record of not losing to any of the title contenders at home.
They will visit URA FC at Mandela national stadium on 20th April.