The Gomba Lions as the lined up at the Ssaza grounds in Mityana.
By: Danito Nsubuga
In what was billed as the game of the weekend and infact some scores dubbed it a “final before the final”, saw Gomba edge perennial nemesis Gomba at their own backyard in a group C encounter. Ssingo coached by former Villa tactician Shafiq Bisaso started the game on a low key instigating fear and panic among the home fans who had converged in big numbers to support their team
Gomba looked the better side right the from the onset as they made relentless attacks on Ssingo’s goal and keeper Were Derrick was their saviour until the inevitable happened when livewire forward Janjali Joseph beat the entire Ssingo defence to slot home a delightful finish in the 31st minute, Shafiq Bisaso rang some changes in the second half which saw the home side dominating some play but they were only limited to a few chances at goal. Gomba goal keeper Juma Kirabira ensured his side go home with all 3 points when he a made a point blank save from Ssingo target man Mukwala Stephen with an acrobatic interception that sent the crowd to a frenzy.
A very excited Coach Ddungu Simon (Ddunga) told Swift sports that,
“It’s a great feeling having managed to beat Ssingo and improve our chances of qualifying for the knock out stages ( Now top with 8 points) It was a very well contested match but we managed to edge them courtesy of our superb midfield and I will single out Nicholas Kabonge who dictated matters in midfield”.
Ddungu Simon who is commonly known as “coach Dunga” added,
“We made our revision well from the mistakes we committed when Ssingo visited us in Kabulasoke and we are positive this might be our year if we keep improving”.
In the same group C, Buwekula beat Busujju 2-1 and they are now on 5 points 2 behind 2nd placed Ssingo who remained on 7, Busujju are bottom with only a single point and a disappointing goal difference of negative 8.
Ssingo Vs Gomba in action yesterday
In the other games, Kyaddondo extended the lead on group A after managing a well deserved win at the Islands of Buvuma with a 1-0 win, they are now on 11 points needing only a point to seal a place in the quarterfinals, Mawokota fell to a humbling 3-0 defeat away in Busiro and they seem to be headed for the exit after having only collected 4 points. The contest for the 2nd spot is however still open since only 2 points separate bottom placed Mawokota and 2nd placed Busiro.
In group B, defending champions Buddu also strengthened their grip on top spot as they beat Mawogola 3-1 with goals from Serubiri Ivan, Ssenyonga Mikidadi and Sebuufu Frank, Wahab Lwanga scored Mawogola’s consolation. Buddu now comfortably sit on the top with 11 points, followed by Kkooki on 9 points who fell to Kabula in Lyantonde to a 2-0 defeat.
Group D is very evenly contested with Bugerere and Bulemeezi both tied on 7 points followed by Kyaggwe on 6. This was after kyaggwe beat Bulemeezi 1-0 whereas Bululi and Bugerere played to a 0-0 stalemate which means that Bululi remains winless this term having collected only 2 points with a goal difference of negative 5.
Kyeyune Meddie of Kkooki, Buddu’s Julius Mugema and Kyaggwe’s Jackson Ssemugabi top the scorers’ chats on 4 goals, followed by Mukwaala Steven of Ssingo and Janjali Joseph of Gomba with 3 goals each.
Ssingo 0-1 Gomba
Buwekula 2-1 Busujju
Buddu 3-1 Mawogola
Kabula 2-0 Kooki
Buvuma 0-1 Kyaddondo
Bululi 0-0 Bugerere
Kyaggwe 1-0 Bulemeezi
Busiro 3-0 Mawokota