Mbarara City was held to a dreary draw by Jinja North United on Thursday in the Fufa Big League.

The Ankole Lions were a shadow of the side that smashed Booma 3-1 in their opening game and their luckluster performance at Kyabazinga stadium was not the kind of showings expected from a side that was plying trade in the topflight five months ago.

Despite bossing possession by large, Ssempigi’s side was awful in the golden area and shied at the infrequent opportunities created.

But a point on the road is as precious as gold for a team looking for an immediate return to the Uganda premier league.

” I applaud the boys for the efforts they gave in – we shall build on that in our next match,” Ssempigi said.

“Our strategy was to control the game and the boys did that well.”

“We were dominant in the midfield, we defended well and didn’t allow the opponents to play, but unfortunately, we failed to utilize our chances.”

Defensive by approach, this was the second goalless draw on the bounce for Jinja North and two points in their bag from as many games at their first time playing at this level – they are currently in 9th place.

“It’s not yet bad, two points from two games is not bad for anew team in the big league like us,” assistant coach – Fred Lumu said.

The affair was uninteresting – punctuated by numerous stoppages and with few chances and far between.

Johnny Mugweri declined to put Mbarara City ahead in the first half that had little to write home about as he dreadfully crashed a header out from inside the box before substitute Jamie Kisitu stung the gloves of Fredrick Nyekorach in Jinja North’s goal.

The Ankole Lions appealed for a penalty that never was as the game wore on when Frank Zikulabe cleared his lines with the chest.

Jinja North’s chances presented through Dickson Matama and Zikulabe but all failed to find away in.

Mbarara City rank fourth on the 16 team table at four points and play host to Lugazi FC on their next outing while Jinja North will travel to Kitara on Thursday of the following week.