Mutanda cancels out Balinya to salvage point for Villa

SUPL Results

Nyamityobora 0-0 Bul

Bright Stars 0-0 Tooro

SC Villa 1-1 Police

Bashir Mutanda struck a first half penalty to rescue a point off an enterprising Police on Wednesday as the two sides battled to a 1-1 draw at Namboole.

After running rings around leaders KCCA in a similar scoreline last week, the cops were again at it – Juma Balinya – who scored yet again to top the charts with 13 goals – stealing into the headlines in this StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL).

But key to Balinya’s goals is an impressive team set-up and build-up plays. This was seen when Police took a five-minute lead, a sleek passing move involving Ashraf Mugume and Hassan Kalega ending with Ronald Nyanzi flicking the ball into Balinya’s path.

The forward still had work to do; beating Ashraf Mandela and rounding goalkeeper Saudi Keni to score.

Police had the momentum and Villa were there for the taking. But the cops Achilles heel has been the lack of that cutting edge to kill off games, and it did catch up with them here.

Mugume, Nyanzi and Ruben Kimera all wasted glorious opportunities to score before Villa got their equalizer against the run of play; a quick Mandela throw-in catching out the Police backline.

Edgar Bwogi attempted to defend against Mutanda but ended bungling into the striker for referee Ivan Kiweewa to award a penalty. Mutanda stepped up to score his 12 goal of the campaign.

The result left SC Villa 12th with 23 points, seven ahead of the relegation places. They next play KCCA at Lugogo on Saturday while Police make the trip to Fort Portal to face Tooro.

The other two matches played on the day involving Nyamityobora against Bul and Bright Stars at home to Tooro ended goalless.

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