KCCA looked sloppy and did not travel with some of its key players as well as head coach Mike Mutebi for the trip west
StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Mbarara City 2 KCCA 1
URA 2 Proline 1
Mbarara City halted KCCA FC title chase on leaders Vipers as they defeated the defending champions 2-1 at Kakyeka Stadium in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Mbarara had to claw their way back from a goal down after the visitors took a 19th-minute lead through Sam Ssenyonjo who headed in Keziron Kizito's cross.
From then Mbarara dominated for large parts of the game with Ibrahim Orit and Brian Aheebwa troubling the KCCA FC defence.
In time Aheebwa's hard work bore fruits when he dribbled past Herbert Achai to set up Orit to score the equaliser with a diving header in the 28th minute.
Mbarara's relentless pressure helped them carve out a winner in the 70th minute when Swalik Bebe found the back of the net much to the delight of the home crowd.
KCCA looked sloppy and did not travel with some of its key players as well as head coach Mike Mutebi for the trip west.
Allan Okello, Mustafa Kizza and Nicholas Kizza among others failed to make the trip because of the injuries and illness.
Mutebi, on the other hand, missed the team bus after arriving late for departure on Monday morning. His assistant Morley Byekwaso was on the touchline for the match.
"They (players) did what they could but we did not get the points we wanted even though we showed character. We are still in the race and we shall see that we win our next games. Mbarara played better than us and they were so aggressive," stated Byekwaso.
The result didn't reflect what transpired in the match as KCCA had goalkeeper and captain Charles Lukwago to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable.
The defeat leaves KCCA fourth on the log with 26 points, eight points adrift of Vipers in tops spot although the Lugogo side has two games in hand.
"I want to thank the boys for the work done; they pushed from the first minute to the last. The fans should always be behind the team whether we win or not since this is a young team that is still learning," noted Mbarara's interim coach Brain Ssenyondo who has won all three games he's been in charge since replacing Paul Nkata.