KCCA FC foursome leads Hippos to victory over Zambia at COSAFA

Shaban Mohammad (R) was all over the Zambian defense as the Hippos registered a 2-0 victory at Arthur Davis Stadium, Kitwe on 6 December 2017 | ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Led by the skipper Shaban Mohammad, Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) was well represented as the Hippos picked vital three points against Zambia in the opening game of the COSAFA U20 Youth Championship on Wednesday.

Playing against the hosts Zambia in Kitwe, Shaban Mohammad scored two second half goals in a game that had enterprising full back Mustafa Kizza playing at left back.

Utility player Julius Poloto was deployed at the right side of midfield, and Allan Okello came off the bench to replace Pius Obuya on the left side of midfield midway the first half.

Team pic of Uganda during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Zambia and Uganda at Arthur Davis Stadium, Kitwe on 6 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Donning the armband, Shaban led by example, asking the Zambian defense all sorts of questions throughout the first but not getting the answers as he combined well with the support cast of Poloto, Kizza and Okello.

After a goalless first half, Shaban put Uganda ahead six minutes into the second period when he netted from a tight angle after turning home Steven Mukyala’s cross from the right to stun the sizeable home crowd.

Mustafa Kizza (R) of Uganda battles for the ball with Lameck Banda of Zambia during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Zambia and Uganda at Arthur Davis Stadium, Kitwe on 6 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Shaban who has scored six goals in four league outings for KCCA FC doubled his side’s lead three minutes later with another neat finish off a long kick by custodian Said Keni who also put up a spirited performance in goal

Patrick Phiri of Malawi is the other with two goals in at a championship Uganda is playing as guest nation and leads Group A with three points, joint top with Malawi but with a superior goal difference.