KCCA 2 – 0 UPDF
Onduparaka 0 – 0 Maroons
Allan Okello’s rise continued on Monday as he struck a double for KCCA to sink 10-man UPDF 2-0 and keep bright their chances of defending the national league title.
The champions now go second on the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) table with 43 points, just three behind leaders SC Villa.
Manager Mike Mutebi’s men are chasing a third straight domestic league crown.
“Those that are up are the ones who should be looking over their shoulders with worry,” said Mutebi.
KCCA dominated the game but had been unable to breakdown the spirited soldiers.
Coach Steven Bogere’s UPDF actually had goalkeeper Bashir Ssekajja to thank for.
On loan from KCCA, the youthful stopper saved thrice from striker Patrick Kaddu.
Mutebi then brought on Paul Mucureezi, Solomon Okwalinga and Hassan Musana as he looked for solutions.
But as UPDF held on, midfielder Sulaiman Majanjalo lost his head, fouling a KCCA player to pick his second yellow card and his marching orders.
Okello, who struck a beauty in the U20s against South Sudan over a week ago, theafter took charge, picking a ball from Musana, creating space and shooting low inside Ssekajja left on 81 minutes.
He completed his brace six minutes later with another low drive this time off his weak right foot after a poor clearance from Julius Kasambira.
The result dents UPDF’s survival charge. With 25 points in 24 games, the soldiers can drop into the bottom three if Express and Proline each win their two games in hand.
Elsewhere, Onduparaka and Maroons could only draw goalless in Arua.