Dour Start for Champs

The stage was set for merrymaking as top-flight champions KCC FC kicked off their Uganda Premier League defence, but it took a late Herman Wasswa equalizer to save their blushes against the unfancied Police FC, writes Elly Kyeyune.

Hundreds of fans flocked the Phillip Omondi stadium at Lugogo expecting nothing but a KCC whitewash of Police FC. After all, KCC won both encounters when the two teams met last season and the team morale was sky-high after solid pre-season in which they won all their four encounters.

KCC also finished fourth in the recent Cecafa Club Championship and given the fact that George Nsimbe’s charges were rested for the weekend, the stage was set for a solid start. Indeed, it seemed as though KCC was headed for big things if ball possession in the opening ten minutes was anything to go by.

However, hell broke loose on the quarter-hour mark when Police forward Uthman Mutumba finished off a sweeping move for the visitors to stun the Lugogo crowd. The goal greatly rattled KCC and they lost their rhythm in the absence of Brian Umony, who for unknown circumstances, wasn’t even on the bench.

Matters weren’t helped for the hosts when Police dominated the midfield, with Frank Kawooya pulling the strings in a way that would have made Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic proud. Having finished last season unbeaten at home, KCC was never going to allow that record to be broken and the introduction of Derrick Nsibambi greatly improved their attack.

However, despite the best efforts of new KCC recruit Rogers Lukwiya, the strikers were wasteful with Nsibambi and Wadri missing a host of chances. Wadri made amends in the 74th minute when he won a penalty, which was swiftly converted by Herman Wasswa for the KCC equalizer.

From thereon, Police went defensive but that didn’t stop KCC from creating opportunities. Chance after chance came by for the hosts yet every time they got wasted as both sides settled for a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, Express FC’s 2-1 win over Rwenshama in Mityana will come as a welcome boost for the 2012 champions, who endured a poor start to the season after being held 1-1 by Kira Young last Friday.

Meanwhile, Kira failed to repeat their heroics when they went down 0-1 to Bidco.

Source : The Observer

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