UPL round 20 best XI: Swift sports’ selection of the best performers

Ayub Kisalita scored a brace as Express lost 4-3 to Police FC

By: Sinan Rajub Senoga,  Danito Nsubuga, Gladys Zawedde and David Gombe 

We are remained with 10 games to wind up the 2017/18 season but KCCA and Vipers did not take part in round 20.

The 7 games produced 18 goals and 6 different winners. Only Masavu and Bright stars ended in a stalemate.

SC Villa stretched their lead at the top with a historic win over Onduparaka at the Betway Green Light Stadium as Express FC sunk deeper and closer to relegation in a thrilling 7 goal encounter at Namboole.

We managed to compile a list of the players who put in the best shift for their respective teams.

1. Samson Kirya (Goal Keeper, SC Villa)

Samson Kirya produced a man of the match performance as SC Villa edged Onduparaka

The SC Villa custodian kept his 10th clean sheet of the season, the goal keeper to have concede the least number of goals (7) produced a stellar performance in goal as he made save after save to frustrate Ndugwa and Gaddafi Gadinho. His point blank save from Rashid Toha in the dying minutes won him the man of the match accolade.

2. Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa)

Joseph Nsubuga has become a rock in SC Villa’s defence

The SC Villa number 2 has proven to be one the most consistent performers for the Jogoos, in the absence of team captain Bernard Muwanga, Nsubuga took over the responsibility of commanding the Villa defence albeit playing at full back, he always shifted inside to give support to Katongole Isa Lumu who was starting his first league game. His forward runs in support of the attack were also priceless.

3. Faisal Muledhu (BUL FC)

The former Kirinya JSS leftback starred for BUL FC as they earned their 7th win of the season

The roving BUL FC left back kept Proline’s Sula Malouda Matovu at bay for the entire game. Muledhu also spared time to involve himself in the lone goal of the game when he crossed for Douglas Owori who subsequently set Hamis Tibita to fire home the winner with only 8 minutes left to normal time.

4. Ibrahim Kizza (Soana FC)

The former KCCA and Express center back was an integral figure in Soana’s 1-0 win over the tax collectors at Kavumba. He commanded his defense perfectly well and denied URA any chance for a breakthrough putting a halt to the relentless threats from Shafik Kagimu, Moses Seruyidde and Hood Mulikyi.

5. Yusuf Mukisa (BUL FC)

Yusuf Mukisa (right) defended well agaisnt his former pay masters Proline FC

While facing his former side Proline at Lugogo, Yusuf Mukisa formed a formidable partnership with the ever calm William Otong to ensure BUL FC walks away with a clean sheet. He authoritatively organized his defense especially in ruffled situations as Proline was desperately seeking for a goal.

6. Simon Namwanja (Masavu FC)

Simon Namwanja was unlucky not to go on the score sheet afte hitting the cross bar in the early stages of the game

The former KCCA and Proline utility player dictated play for Masavu especially when his captain got nullified by Samuel Sekitto, he made timely interceptions, linked defence to attack we and he also forced Benson Wagima into some saves.

7. Godfrey Akol (Kirinya Jinja SS)

Akol had a great display by providing sufficient cover for his defence and got involved in two of the 3 goals scored from a deep laying position. His long pass from his own half lead to Joel Madondo’s goal and few minutes later, he
did the same with a sublime long pass to create Musa Esenu’s goal. Besides that, he won possession for his team on countless occasions as well as giving good leadership. Great player.

8. Pius Kaggwa (Police FC)

Pius Kaggwa created that match winning moment at Namboole as Police fought back to see off Express FC in the last kicks. With his trickery, he nutmegged Ronnie Kisekka and left him crawling on the ground to set up Ben Ocen’s winner in the 99th minute. Kaggwa was a continuous menace for the Express back line and managed to score one goal as well as creating numerous goal scoring opportunities including the assist for the first goal of the game. He is credited for mounting irresistible pressure on Express as he won a string of corner kicks that finally broke Express’ resilience apart. He is our star Man of the the round

9. Norman Ogik (Police FC)

Norman Ogik opened the floodgates in what is by far the most entertaining game of the season

Norman Ogik stepped up to the occasion with a brace against Express to take his season tally to 4 goals this campaign. He scored the first one of the day as early as the 3rd minute to give Police the lead then headed home his second from close range with barely 5 minutes to normal time to make it 3-3.

10. Hamis Tibita (BUL FC)

Tibita was the man of the moment when he scored the lone goal of the game in the 82nd minute as BUL FC defeated Proline in a match that had been destined for a goalless draw. He struck home his second goal of the season from a Douglas Owori assist to hand BUL FC their 2nd away win of the season.

11. Patrick Gonahasa (Maroons FC)

Patrick Gonahasa scored a brace as his side earned a 2-1 away victory against Mbarara City at Kakyeka. He single-handedly gave Maroons their 6th win of the season. He had put Maroons in the lead at the start of the second half but his goal was cancelled out by Mbarara City’s Ibe Obinna. Gonahasa then restored the lead with a sublime effort in the 70th minute.

Substitutes
1. Brian Enzama (Bright Stars)

Brian Enzama produced an A game as Bright stars picked a valuable point from Mwererwe

The Bright stars’ central midfielder was tasked to take control of dangerman Abraham Ndugwa and he did exactly that, he limited him to rare shots at goal, he also started some attacks for Bright stars and he took part in the build up to Kokas Opejo’s goal.

2. Ayub Kisalita (Express FC)

Kisalita was deployed in a more advanced playing position than before, the chain between the defense and the attackers and in the process, he scored two goals both from a distance. He scored the first one standing few yards from the center line then curved in the second one from outside the box to restore Express’ lead by then.

3. Bashir Mutanda (Kirinya Jinja SS)

Mutanda came off the bench in the 75th minute replacing Anthony Mayanja and 6 minutes later he was on the score sheet with a beauty of a goal. He orchestrated goal build up himself with a no look pass to Esenu who in return laid him a low pass to strike Kirinya’s 3rd of the day. Thereafter, he continuously became a threat for UPDF with awesome trickery and footwork. His performance showed what Kirinya missed during his injury spell.

Coach
Wasswa Bbosa (SC Villa)

Wasswa Bbosa became the first coach to win at the Green light Stadium

The no nonsense tactician has proved to be a man not to be fazed by the occasion, in the absence of his captain, he was bold enough to draft in Isa Lumu at the heart of defence despite this being his first start and the magnitude of the game. His substitutions were also spot on as he won his only third away game. He is the first coach to pick all 3 points from the much revered Green Light Stadium.

Goal of the week :
Kokas Opejo vs Masavu Fc 

Bright stars players celebrate Opejo’s super goal

What a brilliant goal it was from the diminutive midfielder, he received the ball unmarked inside the left close to the corner in 35 yards, he cut inside beating Philly Lutaaya and sent a curling bender in the top far corner past Salim Wekiya. A goal of the season contender.

Match of the Week:
Police 4-3 Police

Express’ Zimula Jalilu takes on Albert Mugisa of Police

The scoreline says it all. It was a match filled everything when it comes to entertainment. End to end stuff, goals allover the place, point blank misses, defensive howlers, comebacks and late drama. The brilliance in the build up for Police’s 99th minute winner was the most eye catching moment over the weekend.

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