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Ochaya brace pulls away KCCA

Joseph Ochaya grabbed a double as KCCA edged Bright Stars 2-1 in Matugga in the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) on Tuesday to go eight points clear at the summit.

The 10-time champions will now hope to consolidate their leadership and see off the remaining nine matches to land manager Mike Mutebi his first title as coach.

KCCA’s hard-earned victory, on the back of a similar scoreline win over Police last weekend, came on the day title rivals Vipers and Express faltered in their own assignments.

Reigning champions Vipers could only draw goalless at Police in Kavumba while Express’ fortunes turned for worse, the Red Eagles falling 2-0 to Bul in Jinja.

Ochaya got his first goal from the penalty spot on the half hour after Martin Kivumbi handled in the prohibited area.

The hosts, who have been in a steady fall since the turn of the second round, rallied to pull one back five minutes later when Kawadwa headed home past Benjamin Ochan to send the game into half time with both sides level.

KCCA continued pressing and finally got a winner on 60 minutes. The visitors won a corner and Ochaya won the aerial duel with Bright Stars defenders to head at goalkeeper Matthias Kigonya.

Kigonya got his hands on the ball but they were only flappy hands. Ochaya reacted fasted and headed home on the second invitation for a 2-1 lead.

Bright Stars players angrily protested the goal citing infringement on the goalkeeper. A section of the home fans were as irritated, pelting a stone or two the officials way forcing a momentary stoppage but play resumed shortly.

KCCA cared less anyway, hanging on to see out the game and carrying home all three points, nay the momentum as the march to a possible 11th national league title.

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