Late goals from Nigerian forward John Odumegwu and Mustafa Kizza helped the defending Champions to a fourth win in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Tuesday.
KCCA FC beat Maroons 3-1 at the Luzira Prisons grounds to fifth on the standings after a poor start to the season.
Mike Mutyaba gave the visitors the lead in the 42nd when he tapped in his 4th of the season off a loose ball sent back into play by Maroons goalkeeper after failing to get hold of a Sadat Anaku header. The former Vipers and Express forward almost doubled the lead shortly after but was denied by Ssewalunyo who tipped the ball to the cross-bar for a corner.
The lone strike was enough to send the game into recess with the kassasiro boys in the lead.
KCCA continued dominating proceedings into the second half but it was the hosts who found the leveler through substitute Solomon Walusimbi in the 68th minute.
After the equalizer, Maroons withdrew into low-pressure defending eventually forcing more changes from the visitors – Sadat Anaku was withdrawn for Nigerian Striker John Odumegwu in the 72nd minute.
Late into the second half, Maroons who were sitting back to hold onto their lead were undone by a defensive error when Silvester Okello handled the ball in the penalty area and It was Mustafa Kizza who stood-up to score KCCA FC’s second.
The decision to award the penalty was contested by the Maroons team but a relentless William Oloya remained unmoved.
John Odumegwu sealed the result when he headed in his first goal for KCCA FC from a well-calculated Erisa Sekisambu cross in the 92nd minute.
3-1 was the score at full-time, elevating last season’s champions into 5th position, 7-points off leaders Vipers who beat BUL FC 2-1 at St. Mary’s.
Goals from Frank Zaga Tumwesigye and Allan Kayiwa were enough to force an exchange of positions at the top. Deogratius Ojok scored the visitors’ consolation.
Elsewhere, at Namboole Kyetume FC piled more pressure on bottom-placed Proline FC, condemning them to the 6th loss in 8 games. Veteran striker, Robert Ssentongo, scored the only goal that won Kyetume their fourth game in eight.
The StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues on Saturday as Vipers visit Onduparaka in Arua.