BY FRED HIDULA
All the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Cardinals needed was a goalless draw or a win of any margin at home against Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) Nkozi to qualify for the semi- nals of the University Football League. But a 2 all draw subjected them to yet another elimination and humiliation on October 13, FRED HIDULA writes.
The Saints took a 17th minute lead through striker Timothy Owori. Coach Jackson Nyima’s side fired back in the 25th minute through Joshua Kirathe ensuring that the home side stayed on course.
Captain Joshua Kigozi’s 42nd penalty gave the Cardinals the lead at half-time and put them on the way to qualification. Both sides started the second half strongly. But an error between the goalkeeper and a defender cost the home team, as Yunus Katerega took advantage to equalize in the 62nd minute.
The hosts tried pressing on but the end result was a 2 all draw that saw the visitors progress to the semi- -finals on an away goal rule, after both teams shared the spoils 1-1 in Nkozi, a fortnight ago.
This was a repeat of last season’s quarter-final when both sides met despite the fact that the Cardinals lost home and away. Nyima blamed the performance on defensive problems. “Joshua Ongima got injured in the first half and this forced me to make a change,” he revealed.
He added that some of his new players need time to adjust to his philosophy too. Saints forward Timothy Owori said that their opponent had improved tactically but his team fought hard to get back into the game.
“We knew that UCU were going to play defensive in the second half and we therefore had to attack and score and I am glad we did,” he said.