FUFA Big League Playoff (Final):
Kitara FC 1-0 Kiboga Young
Hoima-based, Kitara FC has sealed their maiden promotion to the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League after defeating Kiboga Young FC 1-0 in the FUFA Big League play-off final at FUFA technical centre-Njeru.
Brian Mululi’s solo strike ensured Kitara become the first team from Hoima to gain promotion to the top flight since Hoima Busia were relegated from the Premier League in 2012.
The Hoima based side was second time lucky after they fell to Paidha Black Angels in the 2018 play-offs.
To reach the play-off final, Kitara eliminated Kataka FC in the semi-final 7-6 on penalties while Kiboga Young eliminated Ndejje University 3-1 in the other semi-final.
Kitara head coach Mark Twinamatsiko made two changes to the team that progressed from the play-off semi-final on Monday. Dennis Mbidde and Patrick Mugume starting ahead of Samuel Adibo and Vincent Kasoki.
Kiboga had the first real opportunity of the game in the 20th minute, Brian Olega’s deep cross from the right wing finding Sula Wambede inside the area but the forward failed to connect well with the ball.
Kiboga continued bossing possession, but the chances were falling Kitara’s way.
Big League top scorer Muluuli had two good chances in succession but the striker failed to beat goalkeeper Stephen Makumba.
George Ssenkaaba also had a shot from range sail over the cross bar as both teams headed to the first half break still goalless.
Kiboga Young had more aggression at the start of the second half and they came close to opening the scoring but defender Musa Doka twice on hand to deny Kiboga showing terrific defending to clear his lines.
Kitara then found the break through in the 55th minute when Muluuli scored from Musa Doka’s looping header from Ssenkaaba’s delivery.
For the final 30 minutes, the tone of the game was set, with Kiboga Young probing for an equaliser while Kitara looked to catch them on the break.
With Kiboga drawing more men forward, Kitara had more opportunities on the counter attack, but Muluuli and Ssenkaaba failed to utilise the opportunities.
Kiboga Young had a few close calls in the later stages of the game, but still failed to find the equaliser.
Kitara join Malaba Youth Development Association (MYDA) FC and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) who were handed direct promotion to the top flight following the cancelling of the second division by FUFA in May