Coach Salim Munubi hailed his players after a 1-1 draw against Kampala University (KU) solidifying their place in the league. Despite KU’s decent play to take all the points through Frank Sebuliba’s goal in the 50th, Makerere leveled in the 75th minute through Joshua Lubwama in an entertaining game played at Makerere university grounds. Kampala University failed to qualify for the next stage as they needed a win.
Munubi was delighted with his side’s determined display and he said: “It was a good performance and a good point. It is very pleasing that we are going for quarter finals. Kampala University was in control of the match in the second half but we have had a great, brilliant performance. All those horrible words people don’t like in football are the ones that keep the team winning .We are always hard to beat and to play against.”
He said, “The first thing I told players in the dressing room after first half of the game was what a ,stubborn and hard working team they are .I am proud of the team because they have all the qualities to be a good team. It is lovely to have such qualities and probably is the reasons why we are where we are”.
According to Munubi, it takes a lot of things to be at the top of the group and there are teams below us who are playing sexy football but Makerere University is winning games, topping the group and we still have a chance of qualifying for the semi finals. So to anyone who cocks a snook at the way we are doing it I laugh at them .What we do, we it to our best.
His counterpart Vincent Tumusime, the Kampala University coach, said that they will not give up though they are out of the league .He said, “It is out of our hands now but the game has been a fair play. We are now going for the Inter-university league and hope to perform better depending on what we have revealed today.
“It is a tough time for us. The team has to look up on the weaknesses so that in one way or another we put up a good performance next season. He added: “we gave it everything against Makerere university .The team showed a lot of spirit, effort and energy in the second half .The attitude and pace was there though we lost”.
He congratulated Makerere for getting a point. To him Makerere University needed to win because they had built up very well in the second half. Though Kampala University scored a goal earlier on it couldn’t break down a very determined and well organized Makerere defense.
Simon Kamale, goal keeper Kampala University posed with his Money Gram Man of the match Award that he earned after defending team Kampala University from numerous attacks made by Makerere University.
Policemen were deployed at the grounds to beef up security and ensure a good match .This followed a previous match between Kyambogo University and Makerere University were players and spectators turned violent.
According to Bihimbise a policeman, students are obliged to be disciplined when watching a match and that police had to be at hand to keep law and order.
Upcoming fixtures of the university league
Group A fixtures
Friday 24th April 2015
MUST Vs UMU
Group B fixtures
Saturday 25th April 2015
KIU Vs MUBS
Sunday 26th April
GULU Vs BUS