Kikomeko wrote a new record, Sanon was on top of his game, Madondo was back with a bang, Bagoole commanded the ball in his own language, the fans turned in numbers. All these happened in 90 minutes as Kirinya stunned SC Villa 2-1 at Namboole on Wednesday under floodlights.
Before this fixture, the Jinja School boys had won only one of their five competitive fixtures against the 16-time champions. Incidentally, that win came under Abbey Kikomeko’s second reign at the club in our first year in the UPL.
The coach had mentioned the need to go to Namboole and look for early goals. Well, the plan worked out well as Bagoole put the team ahead in the third minute of the game.
Saidi Keni had received a back pass from his defenders that had been closed down by the vigilant Kirinya forward line. The keeper, controlled but his first touch wasn’t the best, Madondo and Muwawu pressured him from both directions before he decided to kick it out.
The feeble clearance landed on Bagoole who controlled and curled in a beauty for the opener.
The scorer, who was later named man of the match, masterminded another move ten minutes later picking the ball from our half, raced through, passed to Sewava then to Madondo who beat the keeper with speed and hit it from an acute angle but the ball flew out of target.
The striker, however, corrected his mistakes minutes later by scoring the second in a near-solo effort.
Ambrose Kirya had taken in a corner which was headed away by Isinde and Muganga. Muwawu saved it from going out for a throw, eaised his eyes and spotted Madondo before delivering a long one to wave off the speed merchant.
Madondo set off in a 1 vs 3 race, beat all his markers and belted in a powerful drive from outside the box for the club’s second of the day and his 12th strike of the season.
Mutanda nearly trimmed the margin two minutes later. The midfielder powered in a beautiful free kick from nearly 25 yards but the effort met an equally super save by young keeper Sanon Mulabi.
The keeper was again called to action early in the second half with a nerve-cracking reflex save. Wangi had paced through the right wing and delivered a low cross into our box but Drajua, as he tried to clear away, directed it back into his own net only for Sanon to sweep it over the line.
The Jogoos repeated the same move which yielded at the hour mark. Wangi, again, ran through the right and cut in a low one. The defenders failed to clear away leaving the ball to roll to Mutanda who cleverly flicked it over the line.
Abbey decided to pull off Faisal Muwawu Dan Sewava and and for Godfrey Akol and Fred Amaku at different intervals as he tried to keep his lines clean in the dying minutes.
Eventually, the team raked up the three points, first time we’re winning three on the bounce as Kikomeko became the first coach to pick three consecutive wins. He also set a club record of picking 14 points in his first eight games – four wins, two draws and two wins.
The win takes the team tally this season to 33 points and thus confirms our status in next season’s topflight with six more games to play. We host table-toppers KCCA FC in our next game on Wednesday 27th at the Mighty Arena.