Okello came in as a direct replacement for Nunda Jackson at the start of second half and scored the only goal that separated the two sides, KCCA FC and SC Villa after 85 minutes of goal dearth.
SC Villa dominated the game as they enjoyed possession for most part of the game but was less clinical in front of the goal although SC Villa manager related it to bad luck.
On the other side, a precisely accurate free kick taken by teenage sensation Allan Okello at the 86th minute won the day for the Lugogo based side as they not only closed the gap with the table leaders but also climbed a head of Vipers who lasted in second position for only 24 hours.
“I’ve always said, he [Okello] is a special player. Young, skillful but most importantly intelligent. We have some many players in this country who are supposedly skillful but not intelligent. That’s why I say, this young man is special. Of course he has the talent but he has gone through proper education. For instance when you tell him to do something, he’ll understand and of course this is natural talent. That’s why I call him special. I expect him to do that.”
Okello could have scored the goal yes, but man of the match happened to be home side goal keeper Charles Lukwago because of his brilliance in between the poles as he saved KCCA FC in two distinct occasions when he frustrated goal attempts of SC Villa.
Coach Wasswa Bbosa definitely felt the pinch after his side looked in command for all that while and then lose in the few remaining minutes.
“First of all it’s a difficult lose to swallow. I thought we dominated the game, and had the better chances. But the quality of finishing was not up to scratch. That’s why we lost it. I’m pleased for my boys. Despite the fact that we failed to score, I think they gave a good account of themselves. Anybody who saw what they put up would have been impressed. Now all we have to work on is the quality of the finishing. That’s why we’re lacking a bit.”
He however admitted modern football goals come in set pieces but revealed how heartbreaking it is to lose from a free kick especially after spending the whole week practicing how to defend in set piece situations.
“Modern football now, if you notice, most of the goals come from set pieces. And it’s disappointing on our side because this is something we have been working on for the whole week, set plays. How to defend and how to use them when we earned them. So I thought we lacked a bit of organization on that set play. And that was disappointing.”
Bbosa also added, although his boys lost, he believed they still have a chance to win the title.
“This lose keeps more pressure on my side. But we believe we’re still in with a big chance of winning the title. We’re still ahead of KCCA and Vipers who we think are our imminent rivals. So we’ll continue to work. We’ll continue to improve where the weaknesses are.”
SC Villa will play next URA at Masaka recreational grounds on Wednesday 28th. On the same date, KCCA FC will visit Fisheries Training Institute to seek more points as they play Masavu FC.