Masaka LC FC jumps relegation zone. Beats KCC 1-O in Super League. Violence mar match.
Relegation threatened Masaka Local council have fought tooth and nail to defeat Kampala City council in a Ugandan super league game marred by violence to improve their chances of surviving the relegation knife.
A second half free kick by Herman Waswa in the 70th minute earned Masaka LC 1-0 victory over former champions Kampala City council.
Earlier in the first half, both KCC and hosts Masaka Local council FC enjoyed a 50-50 ball possession with each team threatening with killer attacks.
But it was in the second half in the 56th minute when Masaka LC’s Herman Waswa scored a rebound from the KCC goal keeper which was then disallowed on ground that Waswa was offside. This sparked off chaos forcing the suspension of the match for about 10minutes until. Several Masaka LC supporters stormed the pitch demanding for an explanation on why the goal had been cancelled.
After a brief meeting between referees and match officials and either coach, the John Batte upheld their decision and cancelled the goal. The chaos was quelled by anti-riot police who swung into action following the eruption of violence.
But in the 70th minute, Waswa eased Masaka Local council FC supporters with a super free kick which sent them screaming and singing in praise of heir team.
But with about 5 minutes before the 90full minutes, came close to equalizing when they scored but the goal was also disallowed on ground that it was an offside goal.
Several KCC players rushed out to the referees accusing them of mismanaging game.
Speaking to URN after the game, Matia Lule, the KCC coach, explained that poor refereeing, and long resting period cost them the match. He claimed that the match officials who managed the game were substandard and this led to the cancellation of their clear goal.
Lule also claims that his players had rested a lot and this affected their performance on pitch.
But James Magara, the Masaka LC FC coach said he was happy his team had jumped off from the relegation zone. Magara says the win, which gives them 16points now puts them four positions off the drop zone. Magara says his boys will again fight had to defeat Victor FC, their next game to ensure that they survive relegation.
Masaka LC FC is remaining with nine games to play for in the Super League. The team has had poor results as a result of poor motivation. Some players had threatened to abandon the super league after their managers failed to pay their salaries.
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