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StarTimes UPL: Ojera, Kagimu condemn Byekwaso to first loss


After three games, Morley Byekwaso has today suffered his first defeat as the Interim manager at Lugogo based side KCCA FC. Byekwaso who replaced Mike Mutebi at the club endured a tough ending at the Arena of Visions in Ndejje after Joachim Ojera and Shafik Kagimu netted two second-half goals for URA FC who outdid the Kasasiro Boys 2-0 in the StarTimes UPL.

Byekwaso had won all his first three games as the head coach at KCCA FC, defeating BUL 3-0 in the last league game before handing Nyamityobora 5-2 aggregate defeat over two legs in the round of 32 of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.

The match started in a relatively slow fashion, with both teams taking a more cautious approach and in the end, they resorted to a pound for pound approach limiting each other to as few chances as possible as realised.

URA FC was the better side though throughout the first half as controlling proceedings, while KCCA FC struggled to find rhythm depicted by the lack of serious threats at the home side’s goal.

The best chance of the first half fell to Joachim Ojera at almost the break but his attempt was easily saved by Charles Lukwago after a nice setup by Shafik Kagimu.

Both Morley Byekwaso and Sam Simbwa made first-half changes after Ivan Sserubiri came on for Moses Sseruyidde for URA FC while Bright Anukani came on for Moses Aliro.

The game went into a break goalless with both sides failing to create realistic scoring chances.

With such a lacklustre first half, both sides made further changes at the break with Cromwel Rwothomio coming on Dada Ibrahim while KCCA introduced on Charles Lwanga and Hassan Musana for Ashraf Mandela and Sam Ssenyonjo respectively.

And it was the hosts, URA that found a brighter return to the pitch in the second half after Julius Mutyaba forced a brilliant save from Lukwago who parried away his effort for a corner kick.

After relentless attacks by the Tax Collectors on the Kasasiro Boys backline, the breakthrough was finally gotten in the 55th minutes when Ojera nodded home the opener at the back post after a wonderful cross by Brian Majwega on the left.

Kagimu doubled URA’s advantage in the 66th minute after Steven Mukwala easily set him up to tap home the second of the game.

KCCA FC were lucky not to concede a third moments later when Rwothomio’s effort went agonizingly wide after he was put through by Kagimu.

Mukwala had the last attempt of the game when he turned inside out three KCCA defenders to guide his effort just meters wide to the mercy of the KCCA goalie Lukwago who was already well beaten.

With the win, the Tax Collectors remain joint top of the log with 39 points garnered in 17 games and will host BUL in their next game while Kasasiro Boys remain fourth on the log with 30 points and will play SC Villa next.

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