Alex Kitata’s first half goal saw Uganda Peoples Defense Forces Football Club stunned Arua Hill Sports Club 1-0 in the second leg of Stanbic Uganda Cup played at Bombo Military Ground on Sunday evening.
The hard fought victory means the Bombo based side is now through to the last 16 of the tournament.
Kaffa Kisala made only one change from the side that lost to the Leopards at Barifa stadium on Wednesday with the tactician introducing new signing Benard Muwanga for his debut.
While Hussein Mbalangu made seven changes from the side that beat UPDF 3-2 at Barifa with the gaffer introducing Anyama, Muhammed, Kakooza, Baden, Agua, Okhuti and Mugalu.
But that wasn’t enough as UPDF condemned Hussein Mbalangu to his first defeat since taking over as Arua Hill Sports Club head coach with his side bowing out of the tournament.
It only took Keffa Kisala’s side 4 minutes to open the lead courtesy of a goal from Alex Kitata who also scored one in Barifa when the Leopards beat UPDF 3-2 in the first round of Stanbic Uganda Cup round 32.
Mike Kawooya failed to level matters for the visitors with a wide header resulting from Matavu’s corner kick on the left wing in the 23rd minute.
Just three minutes later, a brilliant move from the Leopards saw Ceasor Okuti missed a chance following a wonderful cross from Rashid Agau on the right flank.
Arua Hill Sports Club trailed 1-0 in the first half with Alex Kitata’s lone goal separating the two sides.
Upon their return, Mbalangu made double substitutions as he introduced Kawowa Rashid and Mutebi for Baden and Agua respectively before introducing Alfred Leku for Kakooza in 73 minutes.
Arua Hill enjoyed the ball possession but their efforts up front to find an equalizer were thwarted by Kaffa Kisala’s solid defense as the Army side managed to hold on and dispatched the Arua based FUFA Big League Outfits out of the tournament.
UPDF FC XI: Yusuf, James, Isa, Vuni, Muwanga, Tembo, Wammanah, Zzinda, Kitata, Kalumba, Kayanja.
Arua Hill XI: Anyama, Yakin, Matovu, Muhammed, Kawooya, Muhumuza, Baden, Kakooza, Mugalu, Agua.