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Ugandan champs: KCCA get their crown

FINAL DAY UPL RESULTS

Saints 1-1 Vipers

KCCA 1-1 Sadolin

URA 6-1 SCVU

Pol 2-3 Express

Lweza 1-2 Bul

Maroons 1-4 SC Villa

Bright Stars 2- 1 Soana

JMC 1-2 Simba

Joseph Ochaya scored a stunner in the 1-1 draw with Sadolin Paints as the new champions, KCCA, were bestowed upon their 2015/16 Uganda Premier League (UPL) crown at Nakivubo on Saturday.

Sadolin had taken a half time lead courtesy of a Fred Sseguja’s 34th minute goal but Ochaya struck four minutes from time to ensure the champions do not end their rather successful campaign on a losing note.

Manager Mike Mutebi’s side ended the season with 57 points, 12 fewer than deposed champions Vipers won it with last year.

KCCA confirmed their title victory on Tuesday when the club matched Vipers’ result by drawing 1-1 with Express at Wankulukuku.

Hundreds of KCCA fans had converged at Lugogo, the club’s home ground, as early as 10am on Friday in anticipation of the party.

With a brass band leading them on later in the afternoon, they marched to Nakivubo in a real party mood.

But Sseguja was in his own party mood himself, the Sadolin striker – who was a nuisance to Lawrence Kasadha and Timothy Awany in KCCA’s central defence all evening – beating the two to stuff home on 34 minutes for a 1-0 lead.

KCCA chased the game for the better part of the second half, Ochaya drilling home a beauty from 22 yards to level matters four minutes from time.

Celebrations gripped Nakivubo on centre referee Brian Nsubuga’s final whistle. Fufa president handed KCCA skipper Denis Okot and his vice Ochaya the trophy and the party got started.

In Lugazi, Robert Ssentongo netted a brace in URA’s 6-1 thrashing of relegated SCVU to win the golden boot with 18 goals, two more than Erisa Ssekisambu, who scored in the 1-1 draw with the Saints.

Frank Kalanda, Moses Ali Feli also helped themselves to braces in that win for coach Kefa Kisala’s taxmen.

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