UPL: KCCA fall to high-flying Kitara in fourth consecutive defeat

KCCA FC's Brazilian forward, Gabriel Cardoso scored the only goal in the disappointing result in Masindi on Friday afternoon (Photo/Courtesy)

Uganda Premier League (UPL)
Friday, 20th October 
Kitara Football Club 3-1 KCCA FC
Vipers Fc 1 – 1 Sc villa 
NEC FC 2-0 UPDF FC Uganda
Bul Football Club-Jinja 3-0 Maroons FC

 In a surprising turn of events, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC yet again continued its poor start to the UPL season with a devastating 3-1 defeat against Kitara FC on Friday afternoon.

Despite a valiant effort from Gabriel Joao Esteves Cardoso, who became the first-ever Brazilian to score in the Ugandan Premier League (UPL), KCCA FC struggled to keep up with Kitara’s relentless attack.

The match started with a missed opportunity for KCCA, as Muhammad Shaban Jagason failed to convert an open chance within the first ten minutes. 

However, it was Kitara who struck first, with Living Kabon giving them the lead in the 43rd minute. This was followed by another goal from Paul Mucureezi just four minutes into the second half, extending Kitara’s advantage to 2-0.

The Kasasiro Boys fought hard to get back into the game, with Hassan Mubiru’s shot saved by Kitara goalkeeper Chrispus Kusiima. 

But it was Denis Omedi who sealed Kitara’s victory, scoring the team’s third goal in the 90th minute. 

Joao Gabriel Esteves Cardoso did manage to pull one back for KCCA FC in stoppage time, but it was too little too late.

This defeat marks KCCA FC’s fourth consecutive loss, putting head coach Sergio Traguil under immense pressure to turn things around.

Following their fourth consecutive loss, KCCA will be eager for their first league win when they face NEC FC at Lugogo.

Meanwhile, joint log leaders Kitara FC will take on Wakiso Giants at the Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium.

In other UPL matches, BUL defeated Maroons 3-0, NEC FC secured a 2-0 victory against UPDF FC, while Vipers and SC Villa played out an exciting 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende, Entebbe. 

Vipers SC and SC Villa played out an exciting draw on Friday evening

In the West Nile derby, Gaddafi FC pulled off an astonishing victory against Arua Hill in a fixture that was rescheduled for yesterday at Paridi Stadium in Adjumani.

The match’s defining moment arrived in the 82nd minute, with Baker Buayala slotting the sole goal of the game, capitalising on an assist from Steven Munguchi.

Originally slated for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Friday, the game was interrupted due to heavy rain just ten minutes into the match.

UPDF FC’s winless start in the 2023/2024 Uganda Premier League continued as they suffered a 2-0 loss to newcomers NEC FC at the Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.

NEC FC’s new signings, Rwothomio Cromwell and Enock Ssebagala, both scored their first goals, putting UPDF FC in a difficult position.

SC Villa got off to a dream start, with Gavin Kizito finding the back of the net early on to give his team the lead. The goal injected confidence into SC Villa’s gameplay, but the Vipers swiftly regrouped, determined to come back.

The second half saw Vipers intensify their efforts, pushing forward in search of an equalizer. 

Their persistence paid off when Patrick Mbowa scored a crucial goal, levelling the score and bringing jubilation to Vipers fans. Both teams continued to battle fiercely until the final whistle, producing a thrilling match that showcased the talent and competitiveness of Ugandan football.

However, the highlight of the day was Gabriel’s historic goal, despite KCCA FC’s disappointing result.

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