Busoga United 1-0 Onduparaka FC: Caterpillars fall in coach Mutyaba’s first game
The Arua club made a technical change a day ago but that did not stop the hosts from picking up another morale-boosting win
Busoga United recorded their fourth consecutive Ugandan Premier League victory after beating Onduparaka FC 2-0 at the Fufa Technical Training Centre in Njeru on Wednesday.
Goals from Onen Balabala and Isma Mugulusi in either half was enough for the Busoga region club to record the win as the Caterpillars started the second round of the Premier League season on the wrong footing.
Balabala scored the opener for the home side in the third minute from the penalty spot after Geriga Atendele brought down Shaka Ssozi. The scorer then found the back of the net as goalkeeper Tony Kyamera could not stop the opponents from taking the lead.
In the 12th minute, Busoga were denied by the post after Kyamera had made two crucial saves to stop the hosts from extending the lead before the quarter-hour mark.
Jeromy Kirya and Anthony Mayanja also wasted chances that could have handed Busoga United a healthier lead in the first half. Kirya hit the crossbar from an unmarked position while Mayanja sent his effort wide from close range.
Joel Jangeyambe could have restored parity in the 41st minute when he collected a poor clearance by the Busoga United defence but his effort went wide.
Coach Joseph Mutyaba made a change for Onduparaka in the 48th minute when he brought on Mosses Okot for Mahdi Ajobe. The change, however, did not stabilise them enough as Busoga United doubled the lead in the 52nd minute through Mugulusi.
The youngster, who was named the man of the match after the game, received a cross from Ssozi, beat his marker and sent the ball into the far post to extend the advantage for a dominant Busoga United.
Ssozi could have added a third goal had he been clinical enough before the hour mark when he robbed Najib Tusabe on the right flank, only to send his shot wide.
On the hour mark, Kyamera played a huge role as he made key saves, helping Onduparaka from conceding more goals. Allan Busobozi replaced Oscar Agba in the Caterpillars’ second change as they looked for a formula to stop the opponents.
Kyamera made another huge save in the 72nd minute to deny Busoga United a chance to pick up the third goal.
As Mutyaba starts his reign at Onduparaka, he will feel concerned by the sloppy defence that largely handed Busoga United the win through goals scored in either half.
The win sees Busoga United move to the 11th position with 17 points as the Caterpillars suffered a third straight loss although they remain above their Wednesday tormentors in the eighth position with 21 points.
Abbey Bogere’s charges are starting to pick up after they struggled at the beginning of the season, where they had played 12 games without a single victory. Before the first round ended, they picked up wins against Malaba Youth Sports Association, Wakiso Giants and Kitara FC.
The win over Onduparaka marks their fourth straight victory as they continue to look like a more solid side.
Mutyaba, who replaced Vialli Bainomugisha on Tuesday, made five changes in his first competitive squad as Najib Tusaba, Emmanuel Okech, and Ajobe were among the new players that enjoyed starting roles.
Busoga United XI: Rodgers Omedwa, Franco Onen, George Kalyowa, Douglas Muganga, Shafik Kakeeto, Magero Balabala, George Kasonko, Jeromy Kirya, Anthony Mayanja, Shaka Ssozi, Isma Mugulusi.
Subs: Isaac Wagoina, Joseph Opolot, Edline Opaala Mukisa, Paul Ssekulima, Ashraf Batwawula, Gerald Bagoole, Bryon Benda.
Onduparaka XI: Tonny Kyamera, Alex Gasper Adriko, Najib Tusaba, Hamza Geriga, Hakim Magambo, Mahdi Ajobe, Joel Jangeyambe, Oscar Agaba, Emmanuel Okech, Living Kabon, Gabriel Matata.
Subs: Michael Kagiri, John Rogers, Augustine Akoch, Allan Busobozi, Ali Mukiibi, Thiago Amis Muwonge, Jamal Malish, Derrick Ochen, Emmanuel Ssenkayi, Moses Okot.