Uganda Cup: Mato, Kankonde fire KCCA FC to quarter finals
KCCA FC 2-1 Mbarara City Fc
Kampala Capital City Football Club KCCA FC has qualified to the Stanbic Uganda cup quarter finals after eliminating 2nd division side Mbarara City Fc 2-1 at MTN Omondi stadium on Friday 17th of March.
Youngster Rogers Mato fired the Kasasiro boys into an early 1-0 lead after three minutes.
From a Mato goal the hosts looked a better side, controlling the game and taking the bigger share of possession but not adding on another goal not until Henry Kitegenyi leveled matters for the Ankole Lions to 1-1.
The former Vipers SC striker’s equalizer came seven minutes off half an hour mark from Bronson Nsubuga assist. Both teams went into the dressing rooms level each with a home work to do in the last 45 minutes to get a winner.
At the start of the second stanza KCCA FC head coach Morley Byekwaso made a first change introducing Tshisungu Kankonde for Brian Aheebwa who started as the lead striker.
The Congolese did not disappoint when he needed twenty two minutes to restore KCCA FC lead after an inter play with the magician Allan Okello.
Kankole close to stretching the lead to 3-1 but his shot went wide.
Fifteen minutes to the final whistle, Mbarara City Fc had a penalty appeal when captain Jude Ssemugabi was fouled in the box by defender Mustafa Mujuzi but the center referee Mashood Ssali was not interested.
As the match drew closer to the end Henry Kitegenyi had a golden chance in the box and unmarked to draw Mbarara City level unfortunately his shot was not on target.
Eight minutes to play had his goal disallowed for an off side keeping the score line a 2-1till the final whistle.
The result means KCCA FC continue hunting for the eleventh trophy and first since 2018.
They join holders BUL FC, Vipers SC, Soltilo Brighters Fc and Express Fc in the quarter finals.
Sadiq Sempigi coached team Mbarara City bows out, they turn attention to FUFA Big League as they fight to return to top flight.
They are currently 3rd on the table with 37 points with a game at hand.
They host Calvary Fc on Wednesday 22nd of March at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara, a victory takes them 2nd with 40 points three bellow leaders Kitara Fc.