Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
KCCA FC finished third in the 2023 FUFA Super 8 after edging rivals SC Villa 3-2 in the third place play off at the MTN Omondi Stadium in Lugogo.
Arafati Usama grabbed a brace while Ashraf Mugume scored the other to ensure victory for Sergio Traguil’s men.
Villa fought back through David Owori who was the skipper of the day and Charles Lwanga but their goals turned out to be consolation at fulltime.
Usama put KCCA in the lead in the 22nd minute with a tap in from close range after Mugume’s powerful free kick came off the lower post.
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The former Kajjansi United midfielder nearly doubled the lead from Haruna Lukwago’s brilliant cross but was denied by the woodwork.
SC Villa were awarded a questionable penalty in the 58th minute after Abbas Kyeyune went down following a challenge from Joel Serunjogi.
David Owori stepped up and converted to tie the game at 1-1.
The tie short-lived for only five minutes as Usama restored KCCA’s lead with a sublime shot from the right side of attack.
Mugume made it 3-1 with a finish from Usama’s chest pass in the 73rd minute.
However Villa were not done yet, Rogers Kiwanuka set up Lwanga who headed perfectly against his immediate former side to reduce the deficit in the 79th minute.
Four minutes from normal time, the Jogoos thought they had found the needed equalizer through defender Arnold Odong but the goal was disallowed following a foul on goalkeeper Derrick Otim in the process.
The match was followed by the final in which BUL edged URA FC 3-1 on penalties following a barren draw at fulltime.
BUL got 20m as prize money, URA FC got 12m, KCCA got 10m while SC Villa got 8m for finishing fourth.