TUESDAY UPL RESULTS
Sadolin Paints 2-1 JMC Hippos
Express 1-1 KCCA
Simba 2-0 Saints
Soana 2-3 Police
SC Villa 3-0 Bright Stars
Bul 2-0 Maroons
SCVU 1-2 Lweza
Vipers SC 1-1 URA
Kampala Capital City Authority FC (KCCA) and Mike Mutebi won their 11th and first national league title respectively after playing out a stalemate away at Express in Wankulukuku on Tuesday.
The 1-1 draw meant KCCA won the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) with a game to spare after closest challengers, Vipers, could only replicate the Wankulukuku result at Buikwe against URA.
Express skipper Vincent Kayizzi netted for the hosts from the penalty spot on 28 minutes after Lawrence Kasadha felled Tony Odur in the forbidden area.
Manager Mutebi’s KCCA levelled after recess, Muzamiru Mutyaba volleying home Denis Okot’s cross on 62 minutes.
In Buikwe, Robert Ssentongo scored for URA and Erisa Ssekisambu for Vipers to ensure that the latter cannot defend the title even if they win the final game on Friday and KCCA lose theirs.
KCCA top standings on 56 points, still four more than coach George Nsimbe’s Vipers.
At Wankulukuku, it is Express that looked like the championship winning team in the first half, Tony Odur and scorer Kayizzi making KCCA’s Joseph Ochaya, Martin Mpuuga and Denis Okot work a little more.
One of the moves saw Odur commit Kasadha into a foul to earn a penalty, which Kayizzi dispatched sending Benjamin Ochan the wrong way on 28 minutes.
Express went to the break on a high but then KCCA returned a more threatening side. Ochaya’s rasping short hit the underside of the upright before Express cleared, and substitute Paul Mucureezi’s free-kick brought the best from the Express goalkeeper.
But the hosts couldn’t hold tight for long, Sulaiman Akimenyi laying on for Okot to whip an inviting cross into the box.
Mutyaba signaled to Mucureezi to get out of the way, the former SCVU and Maroons midfielder controlling in one touch before half volleying it home.
The scores in Buikwe and Wankulukuku never changed sending thousands of KCCA fans into unconfined celebrations and Mutebi to his first title in after just over 20 years of waiting.