Rashid Toha had an awful debut for Arua Hill SC to forget as he netted into his own net to hand 10-man Gaddafi victory in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played at the Gaddafi Arena in Jinja on Friday.
The cagey opening half had two important moments to report about . Toha netted into his own net while Franco Onen was sent off after two bookable offenses.
With 25 minutes on the clock, Toha put the ball into his own net after Hassan Musana whipped in a wonderful free-kick for Brian Kalumba to head onto. Kalumba’s effort was then saved and parried into play by Richard Anyama for Toha to fumble in.
Before the break, Franco Onen was sent off by referee Richard Kimbowa after a second bookable offense on Arua Hill midfielder Allan Mugalu.
Gaddafi went into the break with a slim lead but with a numerical disadvantage.
With a man more, Arua Hill head coach Livingstone Mbabazi made an offensive change at the start of the second, bringing on Gaddafi Wahab for Ibrahim Faizul.
With Arua Hill dominating most of the proceedings, Gaddafi almost doubled their lead on the break in the 57th minute after an exquisite Kalumba long pass found the on-rushing Brian Kyeyune.
But the midfielder shot agonizingly meters wide with Anyama well beaten in the Leopard’s goal.
With Faizo Mawawu injured, Gaddafi head coach Peter Onen made his first change – introducing on Alex Kitata for the former SC Villa forward.
With the last kick of the game, Arua Hill had the last chance of the game after Gaddafi Gadinho’s freekick rattled the crossbar
Besides being a man less, Gaddafi looked more composed both defensively and offensively throughout the last 45 minutes to hold on for the vital victory.
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