StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Friday 28th September 2018
FT: Bright Stars 3-1 Maroons FC at the Champions Stadium in Mwererwe
- Vipers SC 1-0 Ndejje University FC
- K-Jinja 2-2 SC Villa
- URA FC 2-0 Paidha Black Angels
- Onduparaka FC 2-0 Nyamityobora FC
- KCCA FC 2-1 Tooro United FC
Next fixture: Nyamityobora vs Bright Stars at Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku
It is a new season with renewed hope for better things in the future. With new signings made to improve the squad and also change in style of play, the football fraternity is in for quality football from Bright Stars FC this season.
It is just the start of the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League but there are promising signals that the Champions Stadium will once again be a dreaded venue for many teams.
Maroons FC will attest to what hit them on Friday on the opening day of the top flight in Mwererwe.
Captain Nelson Senkatuka netted 15 goals last season but on Friday he was a man on fire and on a mission again to roll off his team’s bigger targets with his his personal achievements in sight as well.
The match was delayed to start by 21 minutes- but when the action got underway, Fred Kajoba’s football army on the pitch were just relishing to firing on all cylinders. A fair crowd that turned up for the match was entertained to four goals with Senkatuka netted a brace-one from the penalty spot (11th minute) after he was brought down by Maroons keeper Eric Dhaira (cautioned carded for the foul).
The other goal for Senkatuka came just a minute after restart of the second half with a stabbing header after good work from the impressive Dan Birikwalira who swung in a beautiful cross for the striker to nod home. Senkatuka could have added earlier to his tally but he was also denied by the cross bar when he had beaten the keeper with a glancing header. Senkatuka scored the opening goal of the season for all games that were played on Friday.
Augustine Kacancu was also the other star on the day until when he let himself down when he picked a second bookable offence to earn marching orders from FIFA referee Shamirah Nabadda. Kacancu scored the home team’s third goal. Kacancu blocked the ball intentionally with his hand thus the red card.
How Maroons fell in Mwererwe under the Yoshino and Tateru sponsored Bright stars FC
Two minutes after taking the lead midfielder Kissekka Mahad played a through ball from Kacancu but his last effort failed to beat the goalkeeper.
The Stars continued to press the visitors’ back line and in the 20th minute Senkatuka’s free header hit the cross bar off the corner kick delivery.
New signing goalkeeper Tamale Simon was on holiday for the entire first half but was only forced to punch away Pius Obuya’s free kick in the 30th minute.
Immediately after the break, Birikwalira picked Senkatuka on the far side of the left with a cross and he made no mistake to hit the back of net with a free header but in a forest of players inside the box.
Midfielder Kacancu improved the home team’s score line with a third goal in the 62rd minute.
Agau Rashid scored a consolation goal for the visitors in the 90th minute.
Bright Stars FC head coach Fred Kajoba made tactical changes in the second stanza by introducing new signing Katende Juma for Kissekka Mahad in the 60th minute, striker Brian Kayanja came in for Onek Alfred in the 70th minute before Dan Birikwalira paved way for Jungu Methodius
‘We changed our plans this season. We want to score more goals and that is why we have managed to get three off our opponents. We shall build on this performance to solve our small weaknesses in areas where we need to improve. The team deserved the three points today and we have fulfilled our revenge also against Maroons who beat us here last season’ said Bright Stars FC head coach Kajoba
‘It means a lot to score goals. We need to collet points very early to build the confidence within the team. The three points today are very important for the tem, player and our fans. On a personal level it is always good for a striker to score goals but we are now planning for the next game against Nyamitobora’ said Senkatuka who has been called to the Uganda Cranes to prepare for the 2019 AFCON Qualifier against Lesotho on 13th October.
Bright Stars will face Nyamityobora in the next league fixture away at Wankulukuku on Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
Notable moment of the match
It was a game of four former National team players all on the technical bench Fred Kajoba and Ben Lwanga Kalama for Bright Stars while George Nsimbe and David Obua representing Maroons FC. Both Obua and Nsimbe were visiting Mwererwe for the first time, they welcomed with baptism of fire.
Bright Stars FC XI
Tamale Simon (GK), Kaggwa Andrew, Birikwalira Dan, Kizza Martin, Walusimbi Enock, Ngoobi Derrick, Sebbunza Sula, Kacancu Agustine, Kisseka Mahad, Senkatuka Nelson (Capt), Onek Alfred
Subs: Wagima Benson (GK) Jungu Methodius, Katende Juma, Sekiito Sam, Segujja Fred, Kayanja Brian
FEATURED IMAGE: Captain Nelson Senkatuka was on fire in Mwererwe . The picture shows Maroons FC players running after him to stop the deadly striker from causing further damage to their team. Senkatuka netted a brace.