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UPL: Mutanda Stars As Villa Outclass Express In Namboole

Friday, December 14
SC Villa 2-0 Express FC

Bashir Mutanda scored a goal in either half as SC Villa humbled Express FC in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.

SC Villa won the match (and rivalry) 2-0 to record their second win of the campaign.

Coming into the game, all odds were against Villa as the visitors had earlier beaten up on KCCA FC.

Speaking after the game, Villa Coach Douglas Bamweyana stated that he is happy with the team’s Performance.

“I am happy with the way we played today, we have been playing well but failing to win.The progress is there and today is the testament,” stated Bamweyana.

Villa survived an early scare when Express knocked on the door but Kivumbi Samuel in goal was equal to Express’ efforts.

Mutanda fired into the roof in the 24th minute at close range from a beautiful run of play.


The striker later doubled the lead in the second half off Eric Ndahiro’s assist to take his tally to nine goals this season.

It could have been worse for the Visitors, as Mutanda missed in the last minutes including a long range shot that was denied by the crossbar.

The victory lifts SC Villa to 13th place with 12 points from 12 games. This is Villa’s second win of the season. The side had won against Nyamityobora, all coming under Bamweyana’s reign.

Express FC Pay for a lacking Killer Touch

Express FC looked clinical against KCCA FC but the team that lacked Michael Birungi, were blunt against SC Villa.

The side were not ruthless as they dominated the first 15 minutes with Tony Odur and Eric Kambale missing their efforts inside the box.

Coach Kefa Kisala brought on Mubarak Nsubuga, Joel Mbabali and Davis Mayanja but the side didn’t put the ball at the back of the net.

Kambale headed direct to the keeper before taping in a weak effort a minute later from Nsubuga’s cross.

Ibrahim Kayiwa also had his attempt easily collected by Samuel Kivumbi.

The loss is the fourth for Express FC this season. The side has won four and drawn as many.

Christmas Comes Early For SC Villa

At the moment, SC Villa are not title contenders, but a convicing win against their bitter rivals will be one of their major highlights in the season.

This has been considered as a dead season for SC Villa but the victory may turn everything upside down for the other team they are about to face.

Villa were fluid in attack and water tight at the back as Bamweyana’s gamble to start Ambrose Kirya, Habib Kavuma, Joseph Ssemujju and Mike Sserumaga on the bech turned out to be master class.

Defending his wise decision, he noted: “I have a lot of quality in my squad and everyone who starts is good enough. The players have been excellent today and more to come.”

Beside goalscorer Mutanda who walked away with the Pilsner Man of the match, Eric Ndahiro, Ashraf Mandela and Albert Mugisa were excellent on the day.

The win gives Villa confidence and momentum which were the missing puzzle in Basena’s team earlier.


In the other games, Simon Sserunkuma’s 12th minute strike was enough to give Tooro United a 1-0 win over Maroons. Charles Ssebutinde and Alex Komakech scored a goal each as Nyamityobora cruised past Ndejje University FC in Kakyeka.

Action resumes on Sunday when Bright Stars host URA in Mwererwe, Police take a long trip to cross the Nile against Onduparaka as Kirinya host BUL in the Jinja derby.

Teams Used:

SC Villa
Samuel Kivumbi, Shafic Bakaki, Moses Kiggundu, Yusuf Mukisa, Ashraf Mandela, David Owori, Edgar Luzige, Derrick Ndahiro, Albert Mugisa, Charles Lwanga, Bashir Mutanda.

Express FC
Ronald Mutebi, Charles Musoke, Disan Galiwango, Isaac Mutanda, John Levita, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Badru Nsubuga, Pius Mbidde, Tony Odur, Eric Kambale, Mubarak Nsubuga

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