Saints check KCCA’s title charge

KCCA 1-2 The Saints

KCCA suffered a setback in their title chase when they lost to relegation-threatened but fast improving Saints 2-1 in the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) at Nakivubo on Tuesday.

Alex Kitata and Ivan Kiwewa scored for the Saints while Sulaimon Akinyemi got KCCA’s consolation. All goals came in the first half. KCCA remain top at 51 points, nine better than Vipers with five matches left.

But that Mike Mutebi’s KCCA have played two more games than second-placed Vipers and Express, the other team with an outside shot at the title, will increase pressure on the current table leaders.

Victory for the Saints increases their survival chances as coach Moses Basena’s men move to 27 points, five away from relegation.

It was a fairly even match but with the Saints showing more intent and creating far more and better scoring chances.

They deservedly took the lead in the 26th minute when KCCA goalkeeper Emmanuel Opio allowed Kitata’s weak header to roll through his legs.

KCCA levelled three minutes from half-time when Derrick Nsibambi released Akinyemi down the right, the Nigerian driving forward before burying it home past Saints goalkeeper Richard Anyama.

Their goal didn’t last long, however; Saints immediately attacking and forcing Hakim Ssenkumba into a handball and the referee to pointing to the spot kick.

Kiwewa stepped forward and beat Opio from the spot for the winner.