Skippers’ Day: Senkatuka, Toha steal the show as Bright Stars and Onduparaka share spoils

StarTimes Uganda Premier League 2018/19 season

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Bright Stars FC 1-1 Onduparaka FC at the Champions Stadium, Mwererwe

 

Bright Stars FC Skipper Nelson Senkatuka was on target in the 1-1 draw with Onduparaka FC in the first game of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League second round fixture at the Champions Stadium Mwererwe on Saturday evening.

Senkatuka took a long range shot that flew past  Onduparaka goalkeeper Nicholas Sebwato after receiving a pass from Alfred Onek in the 18th minute of the game.

 

After taking the lead, Bright stars FC continued to press the visitors in the entire 1st half searching to double the figure.

However, the game went into the break with Bright Stars FC leading 1-0. Sulaiman Sebunza playing his first game after a long injury lay off (broke his toe) and goalkeeper Benson Wagima were shown yellow cards in the 25th and 42nd minutes respectively.

In the second half, the vistors got an equaliser through defender Captain Rashid Toha in the 56th minute.

Bright Stars FC technical bench reacted early enough by introducing striker Brian Kayanja for midfielder Henry Kiwanuka in the 66th minute.

 

The three attacking forwards Kayanja, Senkatuka and Onek increased pressure on the visiting backline but many chances fell out of target.

In the struggle to get the lead, Bright Stars coach made a double change-15 minutes before the end of the game. He opted for Okot Moses and Jungu Methodius coming in for defender Dan Birikwalira and Onek.

The duo made an impact in the final third but their efforts did not yield the much needed goal. The game ended 1-1.

‘We had a good game in the entire 90 minutes but we failed utilise the chances we got. We are still focused and we shall work on the few mistakes before the next fixtures’ said Bright Stars FC assistant coach Paul Kiwanuka.

After the draw Bright Stars FC moved to 8th position with 21 points from 16 games played so far.

The next fixture will be away at Mandela National Stadium against SC Villa on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

Our defender Derrick Ngobi was named Pilsner Man of the Match

Bright Stars FC XI: Wangima Benson (GK),  Andrew Kaggwa,  Sam Sekitto,  Derrick Ngobi, Enock Walusimbi,  Sulaiman Sebbuza,  Augustine Kacancu,  Henry Kiwanuka, Nekson Senkatuka (Capt),  Alfred Onek, Dan Birikwalira.

 

*Substitutes: Simon Tamale (GK), Aggrey Kiirya,  Brian Enzama, Brian Kayanja, Moses Okot, Fred Segujja, Methodius Jungu