KCCA FC are itching for glory this season.
KCCA FC 2-1 UPDF
From the head coach Morley Byekwaso to the gateman, the fraternity were seen in a buoyant mood when Charles Lwanga connected home a winning header to hand his team three crucial points against UPDF in the closing minutes.
Lwanga’s goal saw the former champions roar to the top of the Uganda Premier League UPL summit with Vipers SC yet to play their game.
The KCCA FC playmaker’s match-winning goal came shortly after he had cancelled out Frank Yiga’s early goal for his side in the 4th minute. What a player and a game he had turned in his side’s favour.
Fans, players and the technical bench were left in absolute bewilderment as the game looked beyond their reach. Byekwaso’s boys had been denied by Bright Stars in their previous game and they could not afford to drop points.
The celebrations by the club faithful at Phillip Omondi Stadium, were those of a group that are rallying for success this season under their youthful head coach Byekwaso.
Byekwaso assumed the role from departed Mike Mutebi with so much on his shoulder. With the club going big in the transfer window, the expectations are clear, they will need something at the end of the season to justify the expenditure.
The club went for experience in Yasser Mugerwa, Brian Majwega, David Kasirye, Innocent Essinu Wafula and Benjamin Ochan among others to counter the challenge from defending champions Express FC, Vipers SC and URA FC.
The club Twitter account described the moment as: “Test of character. They got it right. They never gave up. WHAT A TEAM!!!”
The goal scorer Lwanga explained: “The Gaffer gave me an assignment. I understood the assignment. Happy to score my first @UPL goals for the season.”
Club CEOAnisha Shahir Muhoozi hit the roof top: “What a game…what a game…from the Lions jaws…well done lads…@LwangaCharlesN the icing on the cake couldn’t have been any better…. To the next one…”
Benjamin Ochan vowed: “That never say die attitude from the boys today was it for me. 3 points in. We keep fighting till the end.”
Midfielder Ashraf Mugume hailed: “Incredible team spirit.”
Achai Herbert roared: “Great team effort to come from behind and grab all three points. To the fans, the energy was unreal thank you.”
Innocent Essinu Wafula: “A remarkable backing on the road. Raising hands. Thank you for your support. We appreciate it.”
Godfrey Wasswa glorified: “Big team mentality. What a win.”
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.