Donato Okello had a standout performance, including the game-winning goal, as UPDF FC defeated Gadaffi FC 3-1 away at the Gadaffi Arena in Jinja.
Okello, who was dominant in midfield, scored the third goal in 58 minutes, pouncing on a loose ball and curling his effort past Abdul Magada.
Moreover, Ezekiel Katende had given the army side the lead after 11 minutes with a beautiful free kick in the dominant first half for the visitors, who also had Ivan Ahimbisbwe miss a good opportunity.
The hosts had two good chances to equalize, but goalkeeper Andrew Waiswa palmed Seif Batte’s effort onto the crossbar, and Alex Kitata’s header also ricocheted off the crossbar.
The Army Boys would draw level shortly before the break, with Brian Kalumba striking against his former side.
Ambrose Kigozi restored UPDF’s lead seven minutes into the second half, racing onto Ahimbisibwe’s flick on before prodding past Maganda, with Okello quickly putting an end to any hopes of a comeback.
The victory, the first for UPDF in 14 games since defeating Soltilo Bright Stars in December 2021, helped them put a bit of daylight between them and the relegation zone.
Brian Ssenyondo’s side climbs into the ninth position on 27 points and moves level on points with Gadaffi FC, who remain eighth.