Julius Malingumu’s goals have given bottom placed Rwenshama the kind of inspiration they need to start dragging themselves from the bottom of the Uganda Premier League (UPL) log.
His brace last Friday wasn’t enough to earn the side a result against table toppers Vipers but the striker managed the same feat on Tuesday as Rwenshama shocked URA 3-2 at the Ssaza Grounds, Mityana.
Although the side didn’t move up the log after fellow strugglers Soana secured a point in a one-all draw against Kira Young at Namboole, Rwenshama will be buoyed by securing their first win in 11 games.
Ironically, their remarkable victory came just a day after their hitherto coach Shafiki Bisaso had thrown in the towel.
Bisaso, who joins the long list of coaches that have left clubs this season, took time off to watch Abdallah Mubiru’s KCC destroy the – until then – league’s meanest defence, Bul Bidco at Lugogo.
The victory saw defending champions KCC move to second place on the 16-team table, two points behind Vipers, who have 26.
Mubiru has had a decent start to what seemed a huge coaching task after celebrated George ‘Best’ Nsimbe left the club last week to prepare for his move to Tanzanian-based Azam, where he will serve as assistant coach.
Nsimbe’s former assistant’s first game ended goalless away to Express last Friday.
Express never recovered, the Red Eagles going on to lose to Police 2-1 thanks to a brace that saw Umar Kasumba join leading scorers in SC Villa’s Karim Ndugwa and URA’s Robert Ssentongo. The trio are on seven goals apiece.
Angelo Lonyesi’s Police hadn’t recorded a win in the past five games but he will be even happier that Kasumba, who struggled for weeks to add to his season tally of five strikes, was back among the goals.
Bul sit comfortably in fifth place but coach Kefa Kisala will hope to call back defenders Hakim Magombe and Phillip Ssempiira, absent against KCC through suspension and injury, for their next game against Police.
Another of Kisala’s concerns will be that all clubs have scored more goals than Bul, tied on seven with rejuvenated but 15th placed Soana.
Only Entebbe have scored fewer goals, seeing the back of the net just once all season in 11 games.
The aforementioned are among the clubs, whose performances are worsening due to dressing room unrest after their coach Mathias Lule resigned from his duties citing unpaid wages.
Clubs are struggling financially after SC Victoria University and Vipers, who are finding it hard to deal with rife speculation that they could be expelled from the league, failed to sign a deed of adherence.
The deed contains minimum requirements for sponsors SuperSport to resume televising league games.
Team of the week: 4-4-2
Goalkeeper: Emmanuel Opio (KCC)
Defenders: Sakka Mpiima (KCC), Ayub Kizza (KCC), Ronnie Kisseka (KCC), Isaac Muleme (SCVU) Midfielders: Hakim Senkumba (KCC), Brian Majwega (KCC), Moses Ali Feni (URA), Willy Kavuma (Express)
Strikers: Julius Malingumu (Rwenshama), Umar Kasumba (Police)
Player of the week: Julius Malingumu
The Rwenshama striker bagged four goals in just two games to inspire confidence among his teammates just when they needed it most.
Coach of the week: Abdallah Mubiru
The former Proline coach has started well after replacing former boss George Nsimbe.
Worst moments: Financial struggles
The ugly financial struggles are back. Club owners are reluctantly trying to quit, clubs like Villa have taken the cost cutting path while some coaches like Rwenshama’s Bisaso have already thrown in the towel over unpaid monies.
Coaches that have parted ways with clubs:
Sacked: Steven Bogere (SC Villa), Richard Makumbi (Soana)
Moved: Fred Kajoba (Simba) to Bright Stars George Nsimbe (KCC) to Tanzania’s Azam
Resigned: Matia Lule (Entebbe), Shafiki Bisaso (Rwenshama)
RESULTS – MATCH DAY 10
Friday, November 29
Soana 2-0 Sadolin Paints
Express 0-0 KCC
URA 4-0 Kira Young
Simba 0-0 SCVU
Vipers 3-2 Rwenshama
Match Day 11 – Tuesday, December 2
Kira Young 1-1 Soana
Rwenshama 3-2 URA
Police 2-1 Express
KCC 3-0 BUL
P W D L F A Pts
Vipers 10 8 2 0 17 8 26
KCC 11 7 3 1 18 5 24
SC Villa 10 7 1 2 17 3 22
Express 11 6 2 3 11 10 20
BUL 11 5 4 2 7 6 19
URA 11 4 5 2 22 12 17
Police 11 4 4 3 14 10 16
Bright Stars 10 3 4 3 9 8 13
SCVU 10 3 4 3 5 6 13
Simba 10 3 2 5 7 10 11
Lweza 10 3 1 6 9 12 10
Sadolin Paints 10 2 4 4 6 10 10
Kira Young 11 2 4 5 9 16 10
Soana 11 1 3 7 7 13 6
Entebbe 10 1 3 6 1 16 6
Rwenshama 11 1 2 8 10 24 5
Robert Ssentongo 7 URA
Karim Ndugwa 7 SC Villa
Umar Kasumba 7 Police
Brian Umony 5 KCC
SOURCE: Daily Monitor