Magero Balabala and Isma Mugulusi were on target as Busoga United won their very first game against Onduparaka FC on Wednesday evening at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru in the opening game of the 2020/21 StarTimes UPL second round.
Busoga United had played 9 games against Onduparaka but failed on all attempts to win a game against the West Nile side, recording only three draws and faltering the rest, including last season’s double.
Having ended the first round just a point from the red-line, Busoga started the game with only a positive result in mind and forced an early goal from the spot when Shaka Ssozi was fouled by Hamza Geriga in the forbidden area from a throw-in.
Magero Balabala stepped up and converted from the spot, putting the ball just above Tony Kyamera’s dive to give his team the early lead.
Busoga United dominated proceedings in the opening half and were just unlucky not to double their lead after Jerome Kirya’s effort from outside the penalty area rattled the crossbar, following some wonderful combination play by Anthony Mayanja and Ssozi in the build-up.
After the opening twenty minutes, Onduparaka started to grow into the game but still struggled to create enough open chances to trouble Busoga’s backline until the last five minutes to the break when Kabon Livin brilliantly put Joel Jangeyambe through. However, the unmarked Jangeyambe panicked and drove his effort into the hands of Rogers Omedwa.
The game went into the half-time break with the Mighty Team holding a comfortable goal lead over the Caterpillars.
At the start of the second half, Onduparaka head coach Joseph Mutyaba introduce Moses Okot for Mahdi Ajobe in a bid to try and change the feat, however, disaster struck again in the 54th minute when youngster Ismail Mugulusi doubled Busoga’s lead with a clinical finish after being set-up by Shaka Ssozi. The Hippos forward drove the ball past the defense before curling the ball into the right corner of Tony Kyamera’s goal.
The home side almost added a third just moments later on, but Kyamera this time was spot on to save a Ssozi shot after a defensive howler by Najib Tusaba.
At the hour’s mark, Mugulusi had a chance to find his second and Busoga’s third but the youngster’s effort was too weak to trouble Kyamera.
Onduparaka’s first attempt on target arrived in the 70th minutes after Okot’s weak header was easily received by Omedwa.
After that ‘very important win and the first victory for Busoga United over Onduparaka in the top-flight, the Jinja based side now moves to 11th position on the standings with 17 points garnered in 16 games.
Busoga has now four consecutive games for the first time this season, having beaten Kitara and Wakiso Giants and MYDA in their last three games of the first round. They visit Vipers at the st. Mary’s next.
Meanwhile, Onduparaka remains eighth on the log with 21 points and will play Kitara next in the league on 14th April.
The StarTimes UPL continues on Thursday with another televised game between MYDA and SC Villa at the King George IV Stadium in Tororo.