Islamic University in Uganda beat Kumi University by a 2-1 score with goals from Wanyaye Noah and Musema Ramathan in the University Football League match played at IUIU Mbale campus.
The game started with both teams in need of a win to enlighten their chances of progressing to the quarterfinals, having lost their opening group matches.
The game started at a low pace with both teams playing a combative game and in the 14th minute IUIU’s Noah Wanyaye was booked for committing a foul on Andrew Omogin.
The first shot on goal and a scoring opportunity fell to Andrew Omogin but his shot was punched away by Tezikoma Rashid, the IUIU custodian.
Kumi University gained momentum of the game dominating the first stanza of the game which saw Okure Samuel’s free kick in the 34th minute saved by Tezikoma Rashid but Edweu Peace failed to convert from the rebound when the goalkeeper is already beaten.
The visitors of Kumi University failed to beat goalie Tezikoma who stood tall in goal to keep IUIU in the game as the first stanza ended 0-0.
IUIU came back in second half pressing the game at a high rate which resulted into the first goal of the game from Wanyaye Noah who converted from a corner kick taken in by Phillip Kagawa in the 48th minute.
Pressure mounted on the visitors as they failed to clear the ball from their box which resulted into a penalty when Okure Samuel handled in the forbidden area. Musema Ramathan stood up and netted from the spot in the 50th minute for a second goal for IUIU.
Kumi University attacked in numbers but it only resulted into a consolation headed in by Okanyum Joram in the 85th minute off a well taken free kick by Omoding Bosco.
The hosts organized their backline and managed to maintain the game for the rest of the minutes as they secured a vital 2-1 win.
University Football League results
KIU 1-1 UCU – Wednesday 26th February
IUIU 2-1 Kumi – Thursday 27th February
Busitema vs IUEA – Friday 28th February
Kyambogo vs MUST – Saturday 29th February
Kisubi vs Kabale – Sunday 1st March