FUFA big league side The Saints FC has warned that the season playoffs is not a walk in the park for any team despite winning the weekend match against leaders Baza Holdings at their home Villa Park in Kampala.
Ronald Musana tapped in after just five minutes to help The Saints defeat Baza.
Speaking to Red Pepper Online on Monday, coach Mark Twinamatsiko insisted that consistency in the final two games of the regular season will be key for not only his team but any other team that wants to carry the day in the second tier league.
“The league is very competitive and teams must be up to the pressure. That is why I am grateful for this win since it has pushed us in the right direction as we focus to keep on consolidating our playoff place, he said.
The team sealed a surprise 1-0 win over their opponents climbing on back to third place on the Rwenzori group standings on 30 points while Baza Holdings remain top with 38 points.
In the game, The Saints dominated from the start on the soggy ground and Rajab Jooga fired in a low cross for Musana to tap in even before the Baza defenders could break a sweat.
Baza, famous for ‘Route One’ football cherished by their seasoned coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau, were pegged back in their own half as they survived numerous raids.
Alex Kitata could have doubled the advantage shortly after the opener but his effort flew over the bar, with the Baza keeper flat footed.
Nelson Ssempagala fired in his trademark freekick but the Baza keeper parried it out for a corner. Musana also had another shot saved.
Baza then resorted to physical play, hacking down Moses Okello and forcing The Saints bench to replace him with Robert Kasolo. Baza also took out Julius Madepi and kicked Rajab Jooga in a desperate attempt to break down the resilient Saints.
In the Second half, Baza tried to attack but the Saints with aerial balls but the visitors held on majestically. Saints Mark Twinamatsiko had introduced Vianney Ssekajugo at half time and the diminutive winger terrorized the Baza back line with pace and skill.
Ssekajugo set up Kitata whose effort bounced off the crossbar. He also set up Jooga but the latter fired inches wide.
Nicholas Odong, on for the injured Madepi could have doubled the scoreline but he mis-controlled a lose ball and the keeper collected easily.
Elsewhere in the Big league, Ngora Fredda Carr subjected Sadolin Paints to their first loss of the season with a 1 – 0 victory in Kumi. (Sadolin paints already qualified for the top flight football next season).
Kirinya/ Jinja s.s won 2 – 0 over visiting Busia United. Joseph Wakitaka scored a brace to help the Jinja based team secure the 3 points that keep them in the running for the two available play off slots.
The FUFA big league resumes on Easter Monday when Lweza, who lost 1 – 2 to KCC in the Uganda Cup on Saturday host Gulu University at the Kajjansi play grounds while the Saints travel to Kiteezi Primary School to face Wandegeya on Saturday before welcoming Ndejje University at Namboole for the final game of the season.