Stalemate

Cardinals’ Jerom Semambo dribbles past KIU defenders in a game where the teams shared a goal a piece (Photo by Fred Hidula)

The Cardinals came from a goal down to share the spoils with Kampala International University in the University Football League opener this season

BY FRED HIDULA

The Cardinals opened the sixth University Football League season with a 1-1 home draw against Kampala International University (KIU) at the new pitch at Uganda Christian University (UCU) on March 22.

Isaac Odeke put the visitors ahead to ensure that the first half ended 1-0.

The home side returned strongly, thanks to Muzeifa Barigye’s free kick that ensured that the two sides shared the spoils in a game which was a tough fight for both sides.

Earlier on, Amos Agogo missed the Cardinals’ best chance of the game when he failed to beat the opponents’ custodian who saved the ball.

KIU coach, Geoffrey Akabwai, says his team prepared very well despite being disappointed by the result.

“It was a tough challenge for us. We

also have new players who need to adapt to our style of play and this was not an easy game for us,” he said.

Joshua Kigozi, the Cardinals’ captain, said the coach told them to calm down and play their normal game, which gave them an opportunity to salvage a point.

“We had to play our way and not be quick but rather calm down and trust one another,” Kigozi added.

Jimmy Mwera, the Cardinals’ assistant coach, said the target is to get into the medal bracket.

“We also plan to recruit more players in the near future and we have already identified some of them,” he said.

UCU is in group A, which comprises Makerere University, Busitema, and KIU. There are four groups this season with a total of 24 teams that, unlike in the past seasons, will play both home and away games.

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