Uganda Police Football Club bounced back to winning ways with a thrilling 4-1 victory over Kitara in the Uganda Premier League on Tuesday at the MTN Omondi stadium.
After a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Busoga United last Saturday, the Cops were aiming for nothing but victory to keep their top 3 finish hopes alive.
Ben Ocen resurrected his scoring form on the cool evening of dim sunshine. The forward broke the deadlock after 3 minutes, taping in a free ball off a poorly clearance by Kitara goalkeeper Ivan Akera who denied his initial attempt.
Two minutes later, Ocen hit a brace when he was played through by Frank Tumwesigye and beat his opponent on pace before putting off Akera and put the ball at the back of an empty net.
In the 19th minute, Tumwesigye who assisted the second stretched the lead to three off a well connected header thanks to winger Muwada Mawejje’s cross from the right.
On the 36th minute mark, Hassan Mahmood joined the scoring party from his well taken free-kick that deflected off Kitara’s defensive wall before the ball found its way into the net going opposite of goalie Akera.
Kitara’s first attempt came after 42 minutes with Denis Mande stretching his muscle for a stunning shot before Police goalkeeper Tom Ikara punched away the ball into a wasted corner.
After the break, the hosts made reinforcement introducing Duncan Senninde and Tony Mawejje on for Frank Tumwesigye and Yusuf Ssozi before Patrick Kusemererwa tapped in Yubu Bogere’s cross for Kitara’s consolation.
Police striker Derrick Kakooza who missed two clear cut chances later paved way for Herman Wasswa Nteza before Mubaraka Nsubuga and George Kiryowa replaced Muwada Mawejje and Hassan Mahmood.
Substitutes Herman Wasswa saw his close range tapping cross the line but his celebrations were denied by the offside flag.
“The result is setting us into the real path whereby we are chasing the big boys. We are back on the truck and now looking forward for the next game. It’s good that Ocen scored and it’s good that he managed to play 90 minutes which is good for the team. The players lacked concentration in the second half and I think Herman Wasswa’s goal was unfairly disallowed.” Said head coach Abdallah Mubiru after the win.
Victory took Police to the 4th position with 34 points and will remain home to host Malaba Youth Development Association Football Club (MYDA FC) on Saturday.
How The Cops Started
Ikara Tom (GK), Tonny Kiwalazi, Reuben Kimera, Henry Katongole, Hassan Mahmood, Ssozi Yusuf, Muwada Mawejje, Frank Tumwesigye, Kizito Fahad, Kakooza Derrick, Ben Ocen
Substitutes: Derrick Ochan, George Kiryowa, Eric Ssenjobe, Duncan Senninde, Mubarak Nsubuga, Herman Wasswa, Tony Mawejje