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SC Villa salvage point against Police

Yusuf Ssozi takes on Villa left back Yayo Lutimba at the Mandela national stadium | Police FC photo

Five of the last six fixtures involving SC Villa and Police FC has ended in stalemates.

On Tuesday 10th, at the Mandela national stadium, Namboole, the two sides were inseparable after 90 minutes as a 1-1 draw was registered again.

Emmanuel Kalyoowa put the home side ahead in the 34th minute of the first half, after a miscommunication between Police goalkeeper Hillary Jomi and his defenders.

Jomi came to make a routine collection of a cross, but clashed with his defenders and dropped the ball into Kalyowa’s path, the forward had the easy task of lobbing the ball into an empty net.

The cops should have been ahead by that time, but the referee’s assistant unfairly judged Herman Wasswa for a foul yet in reality, Villa defenders clashed by themselves.

It was a game played at a slow pace, but typically it was a game of two halves. The Jogoo dominated the opening half and created the better chances, with Ambrose Kirya denied by the wood work minutes after Villa grabbed their opener.

In the second half however, Abdallah Mubiru’s men were the better side. Samson Kigozi should have grabbed his first goal for the club after he was played through on goal, and was left with just the keeper to beat.

But Saidi Keni came out on top, stopping his shot before reacting superbly reacting to keep out the rebound.

Shortly after the hour mark, there was no denying Johnson Odong as the forward raced through on goal, before chipping past the advancing Keni, to score what is Police’s first goal of the season.

Both teams pushed for the winner, but there was no separating them. Bashir Mutanda came close for Villa but his long-range shot missed the target by inches while Ben Ocen had a header cleared off the line.

Man-of-the-match: Yusuf Ssozi

Football-256’s Clive Kyazze presents the man of match accolade to Police FC’s midfielder Yusuf Ssozi | Courtesy photo

Mubiru’s charges are winless in their four openings Uganda Premier League with two draws however they are bottom of the log with negative one points after they were docked three points and three goals for failing to honor their fixture against Onduparaka.

Edward Kaziba’s side has collected just four points from their opening three games, though it seems a slow start but the Jogoo will be happy with the tally comparing to the hardship and struggles Villa has gone through since last season.

The quality of refereeing left more to be desired

Either teams will be content with a point shared, however, both teams will feel they should have deserved more after a couple of contentious refereeing decisions on the day.

First Police were denied a clear goal after the second assistant Isa Masembe who had a worse day flagged for a foul against Herman Wasswa yet Villa defenders clashed minus the involvement of the former.

David Owori should have seen red after a nasty challenge on Police midfielder Samuel Kayongo. as both players went into a 50-50 challenge, Owori went in with his studs high and showing and caught Kayongo.

Striker Mubarak Nsubuga was left with a bloody nose after an elbow straight to the nose, with Muhabi not booking the culprit.

Those were some of the err calls by the referees who had an evening to forget.

Villa as well protested a couple of offside calls; never mind they were almost gifted a goal after a clearly offside Derrick Ndahiro was allowed through on goal with Robson Atusinguza flagging Kalyoowa offside yet he was onside according to the offside rule.

This season has had fewer referee errors thus far as it were in the previous seasons. And this can be excused for now, hopefully the level doesn’t drop further to levels below this.

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