NEC Football Club took on Mbarara City Football at Lugogo Stadium, with the match lit up by floodlights.
In the early stages, Gadafi Wahab, making his full debut, unleashed a powerful shot in the 9th minute, only to see it deflected for a corner kick.
Shortly after, Wafula Innocent delivered a precise cross to Akandwanaho, who narrowly missed from close range, with Sadat's follow-up effort denied by the woodwork in the 13th minute.
Gadafi Wahab, showing his promise, had another attempt cleared off the line in the 25th minute, maintaining the scoreline at a stalemate.
Both teams continued to press forward relentlessly, creating tension as the first half reached its midway point.
Just before halftime, Joseph Dhata Lujang broke the deadlock with a goal in additional time, giving NEC a 1-0 lead heading into the break.
The second half witnessed Mbarara City making strategic substitutions to inject fresh energy into their lineup. However, NEC's defense, marshaled by goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan, remained resolute, thwarting Mbarara's attacking efforts.
Rashid Okocha doubled NEC's lead with a well-taken finish, further frustrating Mbarara City's attempts to get back into the game.
Despite their spirited performance, Mbarara City was unable to breach NEC's defense, with Ochan pulling off some crucial saves.
In the dying moments, Okocha's free-kick was brilliantly saved by the Mbarara City goalkeeper, ensuring NEC's victory.
Gadafi Wahab, making a notable debut for NEC FC, provided two crucial assists, earning him the Player of the Match award and establishing himself as a key player for the team.
The win secured NEC FC's second victory over Mbarara City FC this season, lifting them to fifth position in the league standings, while Mbarara City dropped to eleventh.
NEC FC will take on UPDF at Bomba Military Barracks Playground, while Mbarara City will host Busoga United at Kakyeka Stadium, promising more exciting matchups in the upcoming fixtures.