• UPDF FC 2-1 SC Villa
• Kitara 2-6 KCCA FC
Lanky forward Robert Eseru starred with a double as Uganda People’s Defense Forces Football Club (UPDF FC) edged past Sports Club Villa (2-1) in the Uganda Premier League on Friday.
Eseru scored a goal in either half to spur the Army side past the Jogoos who pulled one back through defender Joseph Nsubuga’s well extracted penalty kick at the Bombo military barracks playground.
25 minutes into the game, towering forward Eseru connected with a well delivered corner-kick from the left past Amir Kakomo who was too short to retrieve the ball from the goaline.
In the 47th minute, the record champions SC Villa drew matters level from right back Joseph Nsubugawho converted following a controversial penalty award. Muhammad Senoga seemed to have been fouled just outside the box but center referee Richard Kimbowa pointed to the spot.
Seven minutes later, Eseru restored the lead for the hosts off an individual brilliance. He chest controlled a long ball and ventured forward, beating Geoffrey Wasswa for pace before squeezing the ball past goalkeeper Martin Ssenkooto.
The win gifted head coach Kefa Kisala a warm welcome upon completion of his four-match suspension by the club management as well registering a double over SC Villa. The first leg ended 1-0 at the same venue courtesy of Ezekiel Katende.
UPDF now ascends to 8th position with 37 points while Sports Club Villa drops to 9th with 36 points after 27 games.
How Both Teams started
Eric Kibowa (GK), Bernard Muwanga, Denis Ssekitoleko, Simon Mbazira, Sam Kintu, Ibrahim Thembo, Christopher Kamagu, Issa Mubiru, Hassan Zzinda, Robert Eseru, Alex Kitata
Martin Ssenkooto (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, Derrick Ndahiro, Gavin Kizito, Geoffrey Wasswa, Amir Kakomo, Muhammed Ssenoga, Emmanuel Wasswa, Faizal Muwawu, Nicholas Kabonge, Sadam Masereka