Newly promoted money bags Wakiso Giants were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Bright in their Star Times Uganda Premier League game played at a drenched Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
A heavy downpour with just an hour to kick off was responsible for the low quality of football on show during the match. It limited the movement of the ball and the ability of players to express themselves while in possession.
The visitors Wakiso giants started as the better side, threatening early on. And in the 3rd minute, midfielder Tom Masiko scored the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Hassan Ssenyonjo was brought down in the area by Samuel Sekitto and the referee made no mistake to award Wakiso Giants with a penalty, Masiko stepped up and sent Bright Stars’ custodian Simon Tamale the opposite way.
The purple sharks kept up the pressure, with Ssenyonjo causing all kinds of problems down the right flank, but the soggy playing surface limited them.
Wakiso Giants came closer again in the 35th minute of the game, Ssenyonjo’s brilliant cross found Geoffrey Sserunkuma well placed inside the area. The striker was left bemused as he failed to find the target, placing his header just wide of the target in the 35th minute.
Bright stars got their first chance through on goal in the 52nd minute. Methodius Junju was left with just the goalkeeper to beat, but the forward missed wide off the target.
With an hour on the clock, Bright Stars finally got the leveler through substitute Ronald Nkoonge, Wakiso Giants failed to clear their lines, with the forward capitalising to smash home from close range with virtually his first touch of the ball.
Man-of-the-match: Farouk Katongole (Bright stars)
Wakiso Giants pressed harder for the winner and came close a couple of times. Debutant Chrizestom Ntambi agonisingly came close in the 79th minute. His well placed shot inside the area missed the upright by a whisker.
Abdul Karim Nduggwa came close with five minutes to play, but his shot was well saved by Kimera, Vianne Sekajjugo missed the rebound. Moments later, Kimera again saved well from Sekajjugo’s low shot.
In the end, nothing could separate the two sides after 90 minutes. Wakiso Giants climb to the top of the table with seven points from four games. While Bright stars remain 15th on the 16 team log with two points from four games.
Bright Stars will visit Maroons at Prisons Grounds Luzira while Wakiso Giants will host BUL FC at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium in their next league games on Saturday September 14th.