The Nile Special University Football League (NSUFL) match between Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) and Uganda Christian University (UCU) on Thursday, 13 2016 inflicted a night mare on the UCU team. The match that was played at UCU grounds ended in a 2-all draw implying that the Mukono based side is out of the league.
UMU hit the back of the just at the 15th minute through Douglas Owori who tapped in a long pass, thanks to Emmanuel Kamya. UCU later made it 1-all through Joshua Karithe who found the UMU goal keeper off his line hence making him to strike an unguarded net. At the 43rd minute UCU took the lead through Joshua Kigozi who scored on the spot after Joshua Aziru was fouled at the 18-yard box by UMU’s Nasser Lukwago. However at the 62nd minute, UCU’S lead came to an end after UMU’s Jacob Owori hit the bottom of the cross and later forcing the ball to hit the back of the net hence making it 2-all and so it end.
UMU needed a win or a 2-2 or above draw in order to qualify for the semi-finals. The 2-all draw implied that UCU were out of the competition following the away goal rule of football. On Thursday, 22 October 2016 these two settled for a 1-all draw at Nkozi. Therefore the average score is 3-3 though the away goal rule is still haunting UCU.
It is now the third time in a row UCU is being knocked out of the quarter finals something that must be haunting their technical team and the local soccer pundits must be raising a lot of questions on the competence of the team. Last season UMU again knocked out UCU at the same stage after hitting them 4-1 on average following UMU’s 2-0 and 2-1 victories.