March 27, 2014

Kyambogo Is Back

University football league

Kyambogo 1-0 Ndejje

Thursday

KIU vs Nkumba

This may just have been the tipping point. As Ojul Herbert’s moderate header bustled its urgent way into the far corner of Derrick Kasumba’s net with a Henry Orom adding his effort, the expressions of pain allover the visiting Ndejje University side showed in Kyambogo University.

The fans hung around after Kyambogo team were banned for a year, determined to stay defiant without taking part in Nile Special University Football League (UFL), putting on a brave face when so many expected fury.

Here, there was so much pride Kyambogo scoring their first goal at home in just 65th minute of their second game since returning from the veto moved top of Group B on four points are on course to keep there into April with the next group match on Thursday between Kampala International University and Nkumba not to change much, both teams yet to collect maximum points.

Ndejje had the best of the second half of the first half but by then most were marvelling that they were still in touch. Ndejje’s gangly forward Patrick Kilama should have been sent off after 30 minutes, too for kicking Kyambogo goalie Etyang, which would hardly have helped.

“We were several players today otherwise it was a balanced game,” said Raymond Komakech, the Ndejje coach after the 1-0 defeat.

Ndejje has been hit hard by Rule 22 (e) of the league barring all Super and Big League players from participating in this year’s edition that runs March to November and so missed Yunus Luwaga, Andrew Katende, Samuel Matovu, Dennis Lony and Johnson Nsubuga, who play in their Big League team.

Ndejje coach Raymond Komakech couldn't handle the pressure from Kyambogo
Ndejje coach Raymond Komakech couldn’t handle the pressure from Kyambogo PHOTO John Batanudde

Kyambogo should have made the match theirs from that point, but it was still live 10 minutes into the second half when Orom removed his team’s sting.

Goal keeper Etyang later turned out to be the host’s best player on the day saving thrice off the line though  Ndejje’s Kilama failed to convert a loose ball from inside the six-yard box after dribbling past two defenders and the small Kyambogo shot stopper.

Meanwhile, 2012 winners Makerere University will be looking to get their title struggle in motion when they visit Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in Nakawa on Friday in one of the biggest rivalries of the competition.

Kyambogo University  Defender Collins  Otim  beats  Ndejje's  Isamail Nyanzi to the ball  PHOTO  John Batanudde
Kyambogo University Defender Collins Otim beats Ndejje’s Isamail Nyanzi to the ball PHOTO John Batanudde

This season’s champions will get Shs2.5m – a Shs0.5 increment from last, with the first runner-up taking home Shs1.5m and third Shs1m.

Kyambogo students follow proceedings at the UFL game against Ndejje. PHOTO John Batanaudde
Kyambogo students follow proceedings at the UFL game against Ndejje. PHOTO John Batanaudde
Kyambogo students in jubilation on Wednesday PHOTO John Batanudde
Kyambogo students in jubilation on Wednesday PHOTO John Batanudde

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