Busoga United put their doubts to rest with a 2-0 win over newly promoted rivals Gadaffi FC in the first game of the 2021/22 season’s Jinja derby.
Busoga’s pre-season preparations were marred by uncertainty, as the club’s financial and ownership issues threatened to drown it.
Their mischief was exemplified by their exclusion from the draft fixtures due to a failure to reach the requisite minimum number of players (15) by the time the fixtures were released, before they were subsequently included on the final fixtures.
While many questioned their possibilities, the players were defiant, insisting that they needed to remain together like a band of brothers if they were to salvage something from what appeared to be a difficult season.
Busoga’s intent and tone of performance were clear from the start, but Anwar Ntege and Ssaka Ssozi were unable to put the finishing touches on Peter Onzima’s corners.
For the first 30 minutes, Gadaffi failed to cope with Busoga’s counter-attacks and aerial dominance, particularly in the corners, as Mubarak Wambuya’s team struggled to cope with Busoga’s counter-attacks and aerial dominance.
However, the hosts, who were playing in their debut StarTimes Uganda Premier League game, overcame their initial nerves and began to see more of the ball. With a header from close range, captain Andrew Waiswa forced goalkeeper Micheal Nantamu into a superb save.
Joel Madondo, Brian Kalumba, and Faisal Muwawu, Gadaffi’s front three, combined for the fastest time. Madondo robs possession halfway down the field before seeing Muwawu on the flanks.
Muwawu then found Kalumba on the right flank, but the latter’s cross was too high for Muwawu to reach. Muhammed Kyeyune, a midfielder, had a snap shot that scared Nantamu, but it drifted inches wide as the teams went into halftime equal.
Those squandered opportunities came back to haunt the hosts early in the second half, as Busoga seized the lead in the 53rd minute through Ngonde Elvis, who finished off Anwar Ntege’s cross.
Busoga had firmly taken control of the game less than 60 seconds later, with Ntege turning in Ssaka’s low cross at the near post after the winger had done well to beat his winger.
Ngonde’s evening would go from wonderful to sloppy when he was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 87th minute.
Despite this, Busoga was able to cling on for three points and a clean sheet, as well as keeping the town’s bragging rights.
The win puts them in fourth place on the standings, ahead of their first home game of the season on October 27 against KCCA. After hosting Gadaffi FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium on Saturday, October 23, KCCA will travel to Jinja.