UFL : Debutants IUIU share spoils with defending Champions UMU in a 4-goal thriller

UMU Nkozi line up (courtesy photo)

By: Sinan Rajub Senoga 

University football league debutants Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) continued with their impressive start with a 2-2 draw against defending Champions Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi (UMU) in a Group D showdown at IUIU grounds in Mbale.

IUIU took an early lead in the 2nd minute of the game through Mubarak Kaggwa’s long range shot that was not well tamed by the UMU goalkeeper Julius Ssekyewa.

UMU surged for a leveller and got it in the 34th minute when Douglas Oree volleyed home a Jacob Owora well delivered corner kick from inside the box.

UMU’s celebrations short lived as IUIU took the lead once again two minutes after Oree’s equalizer. Muhammad Nakiibi slotted in a rebound after Julius Ssekyewa the UMU goalkeeper had initially saved another long range shot from Mubarak Kaggwa.

Robert Ssentongo levelled matters for UMU in the 39th minute from a spot kick capitalizing on a foul on his teammate Jacob Owora from inside the box.

The second half saw both sides scramble to take the lead but in vain. UMU’s Nvule Jamil came closest in the 70th minute but his goal bound free kick hit the cross bar.

Muhammad Nakiibi of IUIU was voted man of the match.

The result leaves both sides on 4 points after two games with UMU leading the group table courtesy of a superior goal difference.

IUIU who beat KIU (Kampala International University) 2-0 in their opening fixture will travel to Mbarara to take on Bishop Stewart University on Sunday 22nd April. UMU will visit KIU in their subsequent fixture on Tuesday 25th 2018.

The Pepsi sponsored competition resumes today Sunday 15th April as Kyambogo University play hosts to YMCA.

The University league football has brought to light a host of talents such as Mathias Kigonya, Yasser Mugerwa, Abel Eturude, Viane Sekajugo, Yubu Bogere, Shafik Kagimu, Douglas Owori, Davis Mayanja, Mathew Odongo, Musa Esenu, Isma Kawawulo, Muzamir Mutyaba, Hannington Ssebwalunyo among others.

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