KCCA’s hard fought 1-0 win over Uganda Premier League debutants Wakiso Giants on Saturday at StarTimes Stadium certainly wasn’t the most spectacular –by their standards – but still Allan Okello’s rising star shone through.
His goal on 15 minutes that decided the tense match was probably his first header in KCCA colours but the source of the assist, Mustapha Kizza, also inked his name among the most polished crossers of the ball in the league at the moment.
“We have not played as well as we should have. We played against an organised side but in the end we had something extra.
“They (KCCA players) didn’t use the ball as well as they usually do but the bottom line is that they took the chances. It is a marathon and we have the objective of retaining the title and that means we must do more,”
KCCA manager Mike Mutebi revealed after bagging three points.
Kefa Kisala’s Wakiso Giants, with an assemblage of experienced campaigners like Hakim Ssenkumba, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Yasin Mugabi and Fahd Kawooya, threw all they had in their repertoire at KCCA but like in the 2-0 loss to the same opponents in the Fufa Pilsner Super 8 tourney three weeks ago, they were devoid of precision in front of goal and a well laid out formation to check the champions to the core.
“In football, it is all about managing situations; we failed to manage the cross that led to their goal, we shall go back to correct our mistakes. We have lost the battle but there is still a long way to go,” Kisala admitted.
The day-long drizzle on Saturday affected the expected high attendance and to a large extent made the artificial turf unplayable, but Okello’s awe-inspiring goal scoring formbook – seven goals in the last six games – still couldn’t be derailed.
“He (Okello) is special, and exemplifies that on the field. They (opposing teams) must plan how to stop Okello from playing because he is our main man.
“This lad has something extraordinary, at 19 years; he has taken up the responsibility although he remains a team player,” an elated Mutebi added.
KCCA 1-0 Wakiso Giants
Mbarara City 3-0 Proline
Tooro United 2-1 Busoga United