60th-minute substitute Nicholas Kabonge scores an injury-time goal to secure all three points at Bombo Military Barracks Grounds against Onduparaka.
Gavin Kizito made his first start of the new year for Villa earlier today against Onduparaka. He partnered with skipper Asuman Harisheh in the heart of the defence. Harisheh was also returning in the line-up after suspension three games ago.
The Jogoos made their intentions clear right from the start. The boy always pushed the ball into offensive positions in a bid to break the deadlock first. The first on target of the game came in the 6th minute. Ssenoga tried his luck from a long-range freekick but his shot did not give the visitors’ goalkeeper any problem.
Villa continues to pose more threats but Onduparaka managed to repulse the attacks. In the process, they also gained ground and started attacking Kibirige’s goal too.
Ssenoga managed to put the ball in the back of the net in the 21st minute but he was flagged offside by the assistant referee. Another Villa chance befell Ronald Ssekiganda in the 25th minute. The towering midfielder comfortably controlled the ball with his chest but he appeared to have been pulled out of possession by a defender. The defender cleared the ball into a Villa corner as Ssekiganda complained to the centre referee that he was fouled. The centre referee didn’t listen to his pleas and maintained that it was a corner kick.
On the 28th minute, Onduparaka got their best chance of the first period. A cross from the left-hand side of the Villa defence was sent into the area, it looped over Kibirige hit the goalpost on the right-hand side then back onto the goal only for right-back Fred Agandu to clear it out of danger.
Kibirige made more fantastic saves to keep the visitors out and also keep Villa in the game. The first period ended goallessly.
Anxious to turn around the game as early as possible, Coach Kaziba brought on Abdallah Salim for Emmanuel Alex Wasswa. Villa continued pressing Onduparaka again at the beginning of the second half. The boys sent several crosses into the opponent’s box from the right-hand side. From one of the crosses, Olaki found the net but yet again he was flagged offside.
With the scoreboard yet to record a goal, Coach Kaziba made two more substitutions taking Ronald Olaki and Andrew Kiwanuka for Nicholas Kabonge and Ogwang. The pressing continued on both sides.
Kaziba’s boys were very wasteful in front of the Onduparaka goal while Kibirige was on the top of his game on the other side to keep the game even.
Parity was finally broken in the dying seconds of the game. A corner kick was brought in the Onduparaka box, Gavin headed the ball into the path of Kabonge who made no mistake from 6 yards.
The win is our 6th of the season and it sends us to 7th place with 22 points. We’ll wrap up first-round fixtures away to Bright Stars on Wednesday 17th.
Emmanuel Alex Wasswa(29’)