By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
First half strikes from Allan Okello and Jackson Nunda ensured that KCCA come from a goal behind to defeat Express 2-1 at Wankulukuku.
Express will once again have themselves to blame for sluggish defending that cost them their 21st minute lead.
Ayub Kisalita had sent KCCA’s goalkeeper Tom Ikara the wrong way from a penalty kick following a foul by Filbert Obenchan on Isaac Kisujju from inside the box.
The lead short-lived for only 10 minutes before Allan Okello levelled matters from a goal mouth scramble following a well delivered Mustafa Kizza’s corner kick.
Jackson Nunda caught the Express center back pair flat footed to net the winner with a calm finish past a hapless Godwin Buule in the 44th minute.
The match was then put on a halt by referee Mashood Ssali as Express fans expressed their discontentment in conceding the second goal by pelting objects on to the pitch.
After a while, play was resumed and a minute later, the half time whistle was blown.
On resumption, Express threw on Alfred Leku off the bench for Mubarak Nsubuga to surge the attacking department.
Moments later, Express nearly found an equaliser when Leku released Isaac Kisujju from around the center arc but the latter failed to capitalize on the plenty of time and space to fire home the second.
Mike Mutebi made a second change of the day when he brought on Paul Musamali for an already cautioned Filbert Obenchan to bolster the defense. Paul Mucureezi had came for Isaac Kirabira earlier on in the 16th minute.
Express threw everything in their disposal at the Kasasiro boys in quest for the leveller but in vain. David Ndihabwe and Juma Ssebaduka were brought on for the erroneous Omar Hitimana and lethargic Isaac Kisujju respectively.
Jackson Nunda and Paul Mucureezi almost stretched the lead. Nunda’s strike from 30 yards missed the goal by inches whereas Mucureezi squandered a one on one scoring chance with Buule.
Derrick Nsibambi was also brought on for KCCA replacing Allan Okello in the 67th minute.
Tom Ikara who was on a KCCA league debut, stood up to the occasion to curb the slight goal attempts from a desperate Express with a couple of decent saves. He was also booked in 77th minute but played the last 8 minutes limping after being fouled by Leku and Kisujju.
Victory temporarily takes KCCA to the 2nd place with 51 points garnered from 26 league outings. They remain 4 points behind log leaders Vipers.
Defeat for the Red Eagles keep them in the red zone sitting 14th with 26 points collected from 26 league games.
Express will play against URA in their subsequent league fixture at Namboole on Saturday 5th May whereas KCCA will turn focus to their CAF Champions League duel against Township Rollers slated for Friday 4th May in Gaborone, Botswana.
Buule, Ntambi, Bwogi, Hitimana, Kakeeto, Mayanja, Kisalita, Nsubuga, Birungi, Kisujju, Zimula
Leku, Ndihabwe, Ssebaduka
Ikara, Poloto, Kizza, Obenchan, Kavuma, Awany, Bukenya, Kirabira, Nunda, Shaban, Okello
Mucureezi, Musamali, Nsibambi