No goals as we drop points at home against Mbarara City in Mwererwe

Skipper Nelson Senkatuka (11) aiming to head the ball from Mbarara City goalkeeper Ali Kimera

StarTimes Uganda Premier League

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Bright Stars FC 0-0 Mbarara City

Champions Stadium Mwererwe

The StarTimes Uganda Premier League game against Mbarara City at the Champions Stadium in Mwererwe ended in a barren draw on Tuesday evening. It is the first time Mbarara City FC has managed to pick up a point at the Champions Stadium.

Despite having the numerous scoring opportunities created in the highly anticipated match for the Stars, it ended in a stalemate without a moment of celebration for a goal.

The barren draw result couldn’t implicate exactly what transpired during the course of the game that had a continuous flow of scoring opportunities and possession of the ball for the home side.

As early as the 7th minute, skipper Nelson Senkatuka had a chance to hit the net when he was released by left full back Sam Sekitto with an accurate through pass but his final touch went wide with only a goalkeeper to beat.

The individual brilliance of Bright Stars FC forward Alfred Onek saw him  get another scoring opportunity for his team after dribbling past two defenders before Mbarara FC goalkeeper Ali Kimera came to his team’s rescue and saved the ball for a corner.

Onek didn’t give up with his work-rate and runs across Mbarara City FC backline. He was again in a better scoring position in the 21st minute making no mistake to head Sekitto’s cross into the back of the net however the goal was canceled for offside.

Six minutes later, Onek received a through ball from Jamil Kalisa but his left shot ended off the target.

Bright Stars Augustine Kacancu (Yellow) shielding the ball from Mbarara City player Jude Semugabi.
Bright Stars Augustine Kacancu (Yellow) shielding the ball from Mbarara City player Jude Semugabi.

Before the break, Senkatuka was again on the spot when Kalisa picked him with a well-calculated cross from the left.  The striker’s timing for the ball wasn’t good enough to hit the target.

It was Bright Stars FC taking control of the first 45 minutes troubling the visitor’s defense of Hilary Mukundane and Rashid Muhammad who had no time to breathe.

At the beginning of second half, Bright Stars FC head coach Fred Kajoba was forced to substitute the injured Kalisa for midfielder Rajab Kakooza. He later pulled off Onek for striker Brian Kayanja in the 56th minute. Kalisa was hit by Mukundane in a clumsy manner but the referee never flashed any card to the defender.

Kayanja made his impact on the pitch with two shots on target but goalkeeper Kimera again denied the powerful striker a chance to hit the net.

With the pressure mounting on to the visitor’s final third, midfielder Augustine Kacancu was close to getting the lead with his long-range effort in the 67th minute but Kimera parried the ball for a corner kick. The corner from Andrew Kaggwa found Kayanja well positioned but his header went direct to imera.

Kajoba made his final change 15 minutes to the final whistle. He substituted Sekitto for Moses Okot.

With all the effort to hit the net in the entire 90 minutes, the game ended 0-0.

‘Football is Football. We had all the chances to win the match but we failed to score. It wasn’t our day but still, a point is better than zero’ said Bright Stars FC assistant coach Paul Kiwanuka.

Bright Stars FC is in the eighth position on the StarTimes Premier League table.

The next game is against URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup on Monday 18th February 2019 at Mandela National Stadium Namboole in the round of 16.

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Bright Stars XI 

Benson Wagima (GK), Andrew Kaggwa, Derrick Ngobi, Enock Walusimbi, Farouk Katongole, Samuel Ssekito, Sulaiman Sebbunza, Alfred Onek, Augustine Kacancu, Nelson Senkatuka, Jamil Karisa.
Subs: Simon Tamale, Aggrey Kiirya, Brian Enzama, Rajab Kakooza, Henry Kiwanuka, Brian Kayanja, Moses Okot