Simon Okwi celebrates his effort against CRO in Mbale.

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  • Soana 0 – 0 URA
  • CRO 0 – 1 SCVU
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Simon Okwi celebrates his effort against CRO in Mbale.
Simon Okwi celebrates his effort against CRO in Mbale.

SC Victoria University sit two points on the top of the Fufa Super League after an entertaining weekend of flavour-filled Ugandan football. Alex Isabirye’s side made a clear statement of content in search of their first Super league crown with a 1-0 win over CRO on Friday evening.

Muwadda Mawejje was in particularly fine form controlling the midfield battle from the outset.

The former Victors FC player, who had not disappointed in his last couple of games, continued to win the support of the fans with an awe inspiring creative performance in the midfield that led to Simon Okwi’s 54th minute goal.

What was more impressive for the Super League leaders is the fact that they were able to notch up so a performance without their top defender in Dennis Iguma who missed the game due to injury.

Simon Okwi scored the goal in Mbale as SCVU beat CRO to go top of the log for the first time this season and the hosts plunged into the drop zone.

Okwi tapped home after some good work from Muwadda Mawejje, who himself twice went close as SCVU dominated affairs at the CRO Sports Complex.

SCVU took the trip to Mbale without four starting players from last Friday’s game. Skipper Denis Iguma had been ruled out with an ankle injury while Benjamin Ochan, Savio Kabugo and Manko Kaweesa were unavailable following their mid week engagements in Egypt.

Okwi who also played in the two losses in Cairo would go to the bench, Mike Serumaga and Geoffrey Serunkuma were handed starts as well as Emma Kalyowa in goal.

Serunkuma, in his first start of the season, was full of running and he got the first chance of the match when he dashed behind the CRO defence to force a good stop from home keeper Baker Kamamwanyi.

Serunkuma, alongside the impressive Muwadda Mawejje, was allowed the freedom of the play as SCVU dominated going forward.

And Serunkuma should have broken the deadlock minutes from his near miss when he misdirected a headed effort with the goal following Serumaga’s driving run on the right.

The hosts did their best too to ensure Kalyowa was busy on the other end of goal. Lubaale Ivan forcing the SCVU No.2 to tip over when he headed from close range.

Alitho James missed the luxury of handing his side the lead after the half hour mark when he failed to squeeze the ball in at the far post. Lubaale’s low cross was inch perfect.

Any hopes of a goal in the opening half were further extinguished when Serunkuma with the goal at his mercy connected poorly from just eight yards with the final piece of play in the first stanza.

Something had to change at the break, but for the first five minutes of the second half, SCVU picked up where they left off – throwing everything at CRO’s defence and goal. Joseph Kayiira was denied by Kamamwanyi’s fabulous block.

Kayiira soon made way for Okwi. SCVU’s top scorer was coming off the bench for the first time this season.

And he did not disappoint with his first touch. Muwadda who was at the heart of SCVU’s attack found his way into the area and crossed low. An unmarked Okwi was just in the right place to walk the ball into goal on 55 minutes. It was his sixth goal in six games.

CRO attempted to salvage something. Wambedde Herbert intercepted Godfrey Katerega’s pass making the 20 yard run before he let off a ferocious shot that only flew across goal.

With time running down, SCVU still looked to double the advantage – Okwi almost pulling that off when he broke through three defenders and smashed a drive towards goal only for Kamamwanji to punch over.

Still, there was time for CRO to salvage something and only Kalyowa prevented them doing so, when he brilliantly stopped Walter Omara’s header from within the area.

It was as close as CRO got in the end. SCVU still maintain their unbeaten run in the league and the victory sends Alex Isabirye’s side top of the standings.

Elsewhere in the league, early surprise pacesetters Soana failed to rejoin SCVU at the top of the table after playing to a disappointing 0-0 draw to Uganda Revenue Authority, in a game where both teams finished with ungilted business.

SC Villa also fell further behind the leaders when they too played to a 1-0 loss against Express in Wankulukuku. This was Villa’s fourth loss in six games as they continue to splutter in the Super league.

Kiira Young recorded a slim 1-0 victory over Vipers while Proline lost a 2-0 first half home lead to end the game in a 2-2 draw against Masaka.

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