(Photo Credit : Kcca fc press)
By: Senoga Sinan Rajub
League champions Kcca beat rivals 3-2 in the first leg of Uganda Cup semi final at Phillip Omondi stadium. A second half brace from Geoffrey Serunkuma and a goal from dynamic midfielder Tom Masiko inspired Mike Mutebi men to victory past the resurgent Red Eagles.
Tom Masiko opened up the scoring spree in the 38th minute when he flawlessly converted a well placed free kick from 20 yards capitalising on a foul on Geoffrey Serunkuma putting the hosts ahead 7 minutes before half time. The strike was his 4th in the last six games but also his 3rd in the last 3 consecutive matches for Kcca.
The second half was an open one and produced end to end stuff. Kcca had desperate desires of killing it off while Express craved to tie it up and additionally hunt for crucial away goals.
In deed it paid off producing goals aplenty. Striker Geoffrey Serunkuma doubled the lead through a spot kick after Tom Masiko was brought down by Sebadduka Juma in the forbidden area.
Express coach Matia Lule rung immediate changes bringing on Semujju Joseph and Luswata Steven for Sulaiman Jjingo and Sebadduka Juma respectively.
His call for piling pressure on to his opponents was answered in few minutes. Tricky winger Simon Serunkuma pulled one back with an exquisite effort past KCCA goalie Douglas Kisembo.
However, the 2-1 scoreline short lived, 56 seconds later Veteran striker Geoffrey Serunkuma bagged his second of the day restoring Kcca’s 2 goal lead with a cool finish off Derrick Nsibambi’s pass banking on Express miscommunication in defence.
Midfielder Allan Kyambadde revived Express FC’s hopes to salvage at least a draw inside the last 20 minutes of the game when he scored the second finishing off a Simon Serunkuma cross in the 73rd minute.
Express steadfastly searched for a leveller, Cameronian forward Jean Toya Didier was brought on in the 81st minute for Noah Semakula. Continuous efforts were in vain despite leaving Lugogo with heads high vaunting on the two away “vital” goals.
The two sides will meet again next week on Tuesday at Wankulukuku and the winner will take on the winner between Sadolin Paints and Paidha Black Angels in the final at the Greenlight stadium in Arua on 10th June.
Express go into the return slated for next week on Tuesday with their heads held high.
Coach Matia Lule said,
” We started slow and conceded from a lackluster free kick but the boys came back strong in the 2nd half and showed great character, i think the two away goals give us an upper hand going into the return leg, We have a big chance at home and I have confidence we can overturn the result.”
Douglas Kisembo, Denis Okot, Denis Rukundo, Timothy Awany (Habib Kavuma), Paul Musamali, Lawrence Bukenya, Isaac Muleme, Paul Mucurezi (Isaac Kirabira), Tom Masiko, Derick Nsibambi, Geoffrey Serunkuma
Emma Opio, Musa Mukasa, Yayo Lutimba, Faroque Matovu, Sam Senkoomi, Allan Kyambadde, Simon Serunkuma, Noah Semakula (Jean Toya Didier), Kakooza Mahad Yaya, Jjingo Sula (Semujju Joseph), Juma Sebadduka (Luswata Steven)
Charles Lukwago, Habib Kavuma, Vincent Kayizzi, Sulaimon Akinyemi, Ivan Ntege, Isaac Kirabira, Robert Sentongo
Muhammad Nadhir, Hassan Muhamood, Luswata Steven, Jean Didier Toya, Semujju Joseph, Otto Daniel, Sharif Muhammad