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KIU Edges Busitema to Maintain Hopes for UFL Knockouts


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus-The KIU football team defeated Busitema University 1-0 at home on Sunday, moving them to second place in Group D of the Pepsi-sponsored University football league, where they need three more points to proceed.

The team is confident after Sunday's win, thanks to captain Simon Kalyango's well-converted penalty, despite having to travel to Kumi University for the final and decisive group D game.

"The chances of qualifying to the knockout stages are still there, we need to pick another 3 points from the one remaining game and then wait to see where we shall fall but we are optimistic," Coach Geoffrey Akabwai said post-match.

"It feels good going out there and picking three maximum points and seeing the team work together like never before," he added.

Despite winning the game on the smallest of margins, Akabwai was impressed with the boys' performance given the unfavourable weather that almost saw the game cancelled.

"It was a well-deserved win and I would like to thank all the players who put in the hard work and ensured that we picked maximum points."

"I also thank the fans who turned up to support the team. Even when it rained, they were there for the team."

"Great thanks to the University management for sparing and providing the facilitation in terms of logistics for us to take part in these games."

KIU has been impressive since the beginning of the season despite losing two and winning two games.

The team is yet to lose at home and will finish the group stage with the Lowest home result, only a draw against group leaders UCU who travel to Busitema in the final game.

A win in Kumi will not improve KIU's position but will increase the team's chances of progressing to the knockouts as the best first runners-up side.

It appears UCU who boast of an umatchable goal difference will proceed as group leaders irrespective of the result in Busitema.