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UPL: Maroons Hold Wasteful Villa

Thursday, December 6

SC Villa 1-1 Maroons FC

Maroons managed to snatch a point off SC Villa in a StarTimes Uganda Premier match day ten game played at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.

Bashir Mutanda scored to cancel out Pius Obuya’s opener in the first half and the former could have given Villa maximum points but he missed from the spot.

Maroons will have their shot stopper Emmanuel Akol to thank as he not only saved Mutanda’s penalty but also kept out Villa’s attempts.

We had many chances on goal but my players missed plenty, we deserved to take three points on the day,” noted SC Villa coach Douglas Bamweyana after the game.

He added: “We still have many areas to improve. But I believe with time we will do better.”

Villa had a strong start, but Akol kept back to back reflex saves to help Maroons wither through the first minutes.

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Joseph Ssemujju shot wide before Habib Kavuma headed wide from the corner inside the first 15 minutes. Ambrose Kirya was later denied by Akol for a corner as Villa kept on knocking.

At the other end, Okello Sylvester failed to capitalise on Villa’s defensive frailties when he shot wide.

Minutes later on, Obuya headed the visitors in the lead after Villa failed to clear from their box in the 34th minute.

Their lead only stood for just five minutes before Mutanda restored parity when he direct a rocket into the roof, off Kirya’s assist.

In the second half, Ssemujju had a chance to put Villa in the lead but he was denied at point blank range before Yubu Bogere also missed from Maroons beautiful run of play at the other half.

In the 67th minute, Sylvester Okello fouled Mutanda in the area but the later was denied from the spot.

Villa continued to ask the visitors many questions when Mike Sserumaga and Edgar Luzige where introduced on, but the visitors had all the answers.

The point lifts Maroons from relegation zone – The side has now accumulated seven points from ten games.

Villa remains in 11th place with eight points. Douglas Bamweyana’s side have won one, drawn five and lost four games.

Teams Used:

SC Villa
Sam Kivumbi, Shafic Bakaki, Yusuf Mukisa, Habib Kavuma, Ashraf Mandela, Manco Kaweesa, Ambrose Kirya, David Owori, Joseph Ssemujju, Pius Wangi, Bashir Mutanda.

Maroons FC
Ema Akol, Eddie Kapampa, Ivan Wani, Sylvester Okello, Maxwell Okello, Felix Okot, Solomon Walusimbi, Emma Olinga, Yubu Bogere, Brian Majwega, Pius Obuya

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