A point off Tooro United will rejuvenate our confidence

Bright Stars FC forward Jamil Kalisa (M) surrounded by Tooro United players in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League match in Mwererwe

StarTimes Uganda Premier League

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Bright Stars FC 0-0 Tooro United

Champions Stadium Mwererwe

Our home game against number one rivals Tooro United in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League ended in a goalless draw at the Champions Stadium in Mwererwe on Wednesday evening.

According to the reaction from the assistant head coach Paul Kiwanuka after the game, the club’s performance against Tooro United was a platform to regain the confidence that will return the winning form.

A point off our visitors is important in our struggle to bring back the winning formular. It’s better than nothing and will rejuvenate our confidence. We have done whatever possible to return to our winning ways. We had the best scoring opportunities created in the entire game but it wasn’t our day. Our hopes are still alive and we shall play for the biggest win in our next game’ said Kiwanuka

Bright Stars FC striker Nelson Senkatuka (M) heading the ball during the match against Tooro United at Mwererwe
Bright Stars FC striker and Captain Nelson Senkatuka (M) heading the ball during the match against Tooro United  in  Mwererwe

Chance after chance

Indeed Bright Stars FC created the best chances in the entire match. Fred Segujja, Andrew Kaggwa, Kokas Opejo and defender Enock Walusimbi all had opportunities to score but  fell short.

Segujja received an early opportunity in the 7th minute inside the area. He fired a low shot on target before the visitor’s goalkeeper Joel Mutakubya parried the ball for a corner.

Similarly, Kaggwa was in a better position to score for Bright Stars FC in the 11th minute when he was picked by Jamil Kalisa with a through ball on the right side. The former took a hard shot that forced goalkeeper Mutakubya to save the visitors from conceding.

Dan Bilikwalira took the corner that found Walusimbi well positioned on the far post however his header was cleared before crossing the line.

Bright Stars FC midfielder Henry Kiwanuka (M) in action during the match against Tooro United in Mwererwe
Bright Stars FC midfielder Henry Kiwanuka (M) in action during the match against Tooro United in Mwererwe

Unforeseen tactical change

Walusimbi was injured in the 35th minute and replaced by midfielder Kokas Opejo. The unexpected tactical change forced the head coach Fred Kajoba to pull back Kaggwa to defence to fill the gap.

Opejo made an immediate impact on the right just two minutes on the pitch. He took a teasing shot from 40 yards that saw Mutakubya struggling to save it for a corner in the 37th minute.

In the second half, Kajoba introduced two fresh offensive players Brian Kayanja and Juma Sebaduka who came in for Kiwanuka and Segujja respectively.

The two newcomers on the pitch mounted pressure on the visitor’s backline of Issa Lumu and Timothy Musinguzi although their final efforts towards the goal were not clinical enough to hit the target.

The game ended 0-0 despite all the scoring opportunities that fell to Bright Stars FC.

Defender Derrick Ngobi was named Pilsner Man of the Match. The aggressive defender kept striker Allan Kayiwa silent in the entire game.

Bright Stars FC defender Derrick Ngobi was named Man of the Match in the game against Tooro United in Mwererwe
Bright Stars FC defender Derrick Ngobi was named Man of the Match in the game against Tooro United in Mwererwe

Bright Stars FC is in 10th position on the 16 team log with 26 points.

The next league match is against Ndejje University FC in Mwererwe on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

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Bright Stars FC XI

Benson Wagima (GK), Andrew Kaggwa, Derrick Ngobi, Enock Walusimbi, Samuel Ssekito, Sula Sebbunza , Henry Kiwanuka, Nelson Senkatuka (C), Fred Segujja, Jamil Kalisa, Dan Bilikwalira.
Subs: Simon Tamale (GK), Augustine Kacancu, Juma Sebaduka, Kokas Opejo, Methodius Jungu, Brian Kayanja, Enzama Brian.

MAIN PHOTO: Bright Stars FC forward Jamil Kalisa (M) surrounded by Tooro United players in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League match in Mwererwe