Abdallah Salim came off the bench at the beginning of the second half to inspire Villa to a two-all draw against Wakiso Giants.
The first half was a Wakiso Giants show: we were so sloppy and struggled a lot in the first 45 minutes. Some of our players were struggling to keep up with their assigned roles on the day.
Wakiso Giants made their intentions known right from the start. In the 12th minute, they opened the scoring through Kipson Atuheire who fooled the defence and goalkeeper like he was going to pass only to find the back of the net.
In a bid to try and find an equaliser, Ronald Olaki raised high in an aerial duel with an opponent only to have a head collision. Olaki could not continue due to a head and was replaced by Faizol Muwawu in the 22nd minute.
Wakiso Giants continued attacking a lacklustre Villa mainly through the left side of our defence. On many occasions, they caught left back Derrick Ndahiro out of position. In an effort to catch up with his defending duties, Ndahiro made a number of fouls. The referee warned and later booked him in the 25th minute.
Not even a yellow card was enough to remind Ndahiro to dedicate most of his time on the pitch to defend. Three minutes later, he was again caught out of position when a through ball was laid to the left-hand side of our defence. This promoted goalkeeper Saidi Keni out of goal only to foul the opponent at the edge of his box. As a result, he was also cautioned.
From the resultant freekick, Villa conceded a second when centre half Joseph Nsubuga turned a powerful shot into his own goal to double the hosts’ lead. In order to minimise the defensive woes at left-back, Coach Kaziba instructed Andrew Kiwanuka to switch to left-back and Ndahiro to take his position up front. The first half ended with Villa two goals down and without a shot on target.
As the second half was about to kick-off, a second substitution for Villa was made: Salim came on for Goffin. SC Villa started the second half in high spirits. 2 minutes in, Salim made his first shot on goal but it went way above.
SC Villa kept pressing for an early second-half goal. An opportunity fell in the 54th minute when Salim received a short pass from Muhammad Kagawa Ssenoga at the edge of the box. Salim made a simple Cyruff turn to free himself from his marksmen and find space to power a shot on goal. The shot was so powerful for Wakiso Giants’ shot-stopper. Villa’s deficit was halved by this goal.
As the game progressed Wakiso Giants got a number of opportunities to restore their 2 goals cushion. But Saidi Keni was up to the task to keep them out on numerous occasions. The host also had a ball cleared off the line by Nsubuga.
The game looked to be headed for a 2-1 win in favour of the hosts but the Jogoos were only waiting for the final whistle to stop them. In the first minute of added time, Salim got another chance just outside the 18 yards box and made no mistake but to restore parity in the dying seconds of the game.
Due to his heroic second-half display, Abdallah Salim was undoubtedly the King Of The Match.
The Jogoos return to action on Saturday 20th February in a Home fixture against Kitara at 4 pm.