WENDNESDAY. 17TH . MAY. 2017.
PHILLIP OMONDI STADIUM
First-half and second –half goals from Robert Ssentongo and Sulaimon Akinyemi were enough to put KCCA FC past Proline FC in the Azam Uganda Premier League.
Ssentongo gave Godwin Bule no chance from 20 yards in the 36th minute and Akinyemi forced home the second from inside the six yards of the goal keeper’s area in 63rd minute.
Proline tried to force in two goals through Nelson Ssenkatuka and Savio Kabugo but Benjamin Ochan Fraser proved a difficult hurdle to overcome.
SETTING THE SCENE
The main point of interest was resting goal keeper Saidi Keni on bench. His place was taken over by Godwin Bule; for his first start of the season .
At the back Mujib Kasule continued with his back three formation with Savio Kabugo, Ronnie Kiseka and Yusuf Mukisa.
Simon Mbaziira, David Owori, Joseph Mandela, Gift Ali and Noordin Bunjo took over the mid-field roles while Fahad Bayo and Nelson Ssesnkatuka led the search for goals.
On the bench, Proline had Saidi Keni, Simon Namwanja, Davis Kamista, Mustafa |Mujuzi and Denis Makoba.
Although KCCA FC had already been named champions, they named a strong looking line up, including their first choice goal keeper Benjamin Ochan, captain Dennis Okot and experienced players Tom Masiko,Robert Ssentongo and Vincent Kayizzi among others.
It took a while for the action to warm up but KCCA FC was looking the most active up front, making some incisive runs, but after a low-key start, it was the visitors made the first meaningful attack of the game with Ssentongo forcing a save from Bule in goal in the 7th minute.
The visitors also had another attempt on goal, but Kiseka stood firm to block a hard hit shot from Kayiizi.
Proline came close in the 9th minute but Ssenkatuka’s shot was too weak to beat Ochan in goal.
A few minutes later, another attempt was put to waste by Bayo Fahad in the 13th minute failing to beat the keeper on close range with his head from a well delivered Mbaziira cross from the left.
The tempo then picked up gradually for the visitors and their mid-field started to see more of the ball. In the 36th minute, Proline was caught on the break from the middle of the park and Ssentongo escaped through; catching and taking on a flat footed Proline back line, sending the ball through Bule’s legs into the back of the net to give KCCA FC a well-deserved lead.
Proline had a promising build up play on the right wing through Owori in the 45th minute; his cross fell to Bunjo but he failed to hit the target.
KCCA FC returned with much more intensity in the early exchanges of the second half. Substitute Sulaimon Akinyemi combined very well with Masiko and Muleme to test another shot on target that was cleared off the line by Mukisa.
Masiko tried his luck from a long range but it found Bule up to the task to throw it out for a corner kick in the 51st minute.
KCCA FC were looking for that knock-out blow, and had number of attempts on goal through Masiko and Kayizi.
Proline were not going to go down without a fight though. Mujib Kasule introduced Namwanja in place for Bunjo and Mujuzi for Kiseka who had earlier on been booked for a foul committed on Muleme to give the team more balance defensively.
A few minutes later, Proline scrambled again and gave away another goal through Akinyemi in the 63rd minute and also had to have Bule on top of his game to deny Muleme another in the 78th minute.
With the Proline attacking efforts all in vain, the coach finally pulled off his mid-field attacking mind man; Gift Ali and replaced him with a more defensive Davis Kamista.
Proline tried to push up for at least a consolation goal and almost got rewarded through Kabugo. Kabugo was stopped by the brilliant Ochan in goal from close range in the 87th; and 2-0 it ended.
MAIN PHOTO: JOSEPH MANDELA AND BAYO FAHAD AT FULL-TIME AWAY TO THE SAINTS FC.