By; Thomas Odongo.
The Nile Special University Football League match between all-time rivals Makerere University and Kyambogo University on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 witnessed Kyambogo bow down to Makerere after being whipped 2-0 by the ‘’hosts’’ at Luzira prisons grounds during the first round of the quarter finals of the tournament.
As per the football ordinary rules, one of the two teams playing is to host the other, but in this case, it was different. The game was played at Luzira prisons grounds for security reasons due to the violent history between the two institutes. Violence was sighted to occur if the game was to be played at Makerere University football pitch as it always happened in the past. Therefore the transfer of this match to Luzira prisons grounds was to ensure that history does not repeat itself.
Joshua Lubwama was the hero of the day and a saviour for the hosts after helping his side secure a thrilling win. His first for the day came in the 23rd minute of the first half after converting a lot of effort into a goal. He piled more mayhem to the visitors at the additional minutes of the second half after putting in a thriller free kick at the back of the net. His second gave the Banda based side a bloody and a watery eye and this goal proved that Kyambogo was to lose the game. This victory implies that Makerere have stepped one foot into the semi-finals of the tournament. This victory is also Makerere’s first over Kyambogo ever since 2013 when the league started.
It was easy for one to realise why the game was shifted from the home ground of Makerere to Luzira when the fans of the two sides started provoking each other just before half time. The situation was calmed when one prisons officials hit a rowdy fan from Kyambogo and the rest of the fans never wanted to fall prey of the officials hence calming down.
The league will return on Thursday, 22 September 2016 when last season’s finalists, Uganda Martyrs University will battle it out with Uganda Christian University at 2 pm in Bugema while Kyambogo will tie it up with Makerere following next week’s return leg.