10 man Nkumba pips Kyambogo, edges closer to Title

Inter-Vasity Super 6 Football

By David Isabirye

Fans celebrating their victory at one of the games where they were allowed access.

Nkumba 1-0 Kyambogo

Neither Nkumba nor Kyambogo knew of their match venue until three hours prior the kick-off. The organizers decided to keep this replay game’s venue as secretive as heaven and hell. At long last, Kavumba Recreational Stadium in Wakiso District was confirmed. The first leg was abandoned at Nkumba University a fortnight ago due to fans violence.

Enter the game proper, no fans were allowed access to the stadium and the assumed host side, Nkumba, who rested their first choice goalie, Ronald Mutebi for Paul Sseruwu started the better team with crispy passes masterminded by their inspirational captain, Yassar Mugerwa and right winger, Dan Nsubuga. Kyambogo’s goal custodian, Adui Okule Rahman thwarted Nkumba’s Meddie Ali and Vicent Onyango on two on different occasions.

In the 10th minute, Kyambogo’s Herbert Ggaliwango, against the run of play missed a glaring one-on-one with goalie Paul Sseruwu after being played through by an intelligent ball from Adriko.

The assumed home team continued pressing for the break through strike and a goal mouth melee in the Kyambogo territory gifted Fred Umony’s superbly taken header on the 20th minute mark to point a ten man Nkumba University side in the lead.

Playing with calmness, Nkumba players resorted to time wasting antics until center referee, William Ssenkumba called for a half time recess. Kyambogo’s technical team introduced Osoa Morris Karomoza for a weary Mukowe Alex, and his impact was felt immediately as he was fouled outside the area by goalie Paul Sseruwu, who picked a booking as a result. Minutes later,Ggaliwango Herbert also made way for Peter Yakani as Kyambogo desperately searched for the equalizing goal.

Nkumba got a baptism of fire in the 75th minute as Sseruwu picked a second booking for time wasting and the referee never hesitated to send him for an early shower. In came, Ronald Mutebi for the place of striker Vincent Onyango for Nkumba’s only change of the game.

The game eventually ended with a slim one nil victory for Nkumba amidst celebrations and wild chanting from the technical bench and players.

“This is a morale boosting victory over arch-rivals Kyambogo University. Let’s wait for our last game against MUBS at home, we need that cup”, remarked Nkumba’s captain, Yassar Mugerwa.

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