Express 2-1 BUL
URA 3-1 Bright Stars
Vipers 0-0 SC Villa
Wakiso Giants 1-3 Police
KCCA 2-1 Busoga United
KAMPALA — Busoga United will have to play their last two games of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League season with their attention on results elsewhere after battling in vain at the MTN Philip Omondi Arena in Lugogo.
KCCA came from behind to force a resolute Busoga into submission with Erisa Ssekisambu bagging the winner just after the hour mark after an unfortunate Douglas Bithum had turned into his own net on 43rd minute to cancel out Shaka Ssozi’s beautifully struck freekick seven minutes earlier.
The 2-1 capitulation was already bad enough for Busoga’s somber season but the fact that Police picked apart points donors Wakiso Giants with a come-from-behind 3-1 win would have made matters trickier for Abbey Kikomeko’s charges.
Busoga, with 29 points from 28 games, are just a point to the good of Police, with Bright Stars and SC Villa on 30 points, as well as fellow Jinja City side Gaddafi on 31 points the other three teams above the drop zone looking firmly over their shoulders.
The irony of the result is that Busoga will not have to rely on their cross-city rivals in both BUL and Gaddafi for survival. First, when Busoga travel to Bombo on May 14 to face URA, Police will be welcoming BUL in Lugogo and for Busoga United fans, the affairs in Kampala will have more weight on their team’s survival than that in the barracks in Bombo.
Busoga will then complete their season with a potentially cracking derby against Gaddafi at Kakindu Stadium on May 21.
But Gaddafi themselves will have to hold their breath starting May 14 when they host KCCA at the Barracks hoping for a win to guarantee their league status at least for another season. Defeat would leave the derby in Kakindu with immense significance.
Wankulukuku too slippery for oily BUL
At Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku, Express completed a league double over fifth-placed BUL with George Kasonko’s own goal in 36th minute and Martin Kizza’s 39th minutes finish settling the affair long before substitute Simon Peter Oketch had found a way to console the travellers 18 minutes from time.
Alex Isabirye had arrived in Kampala with the Eastern Giants flattering to deceive their chances in the game by vowing avenge their 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture, but it was almost immediately clear that the Uganda Cup semifinal clash away to Booma in Masindi was their attention.
With the Cup semifinals in midweek, BUL used the trip to Wankukuku to test their resolve on the road as they face a tricky regional side Booma, who will want to continue their fairytale by reaching the final.
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