StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Nyamityobora FC 0-1 SC Villa
Muteesa II stadium, Wankulukuku
The performance on the pitch could have not been the best but what was important for SC Villa was victory, their first in the season.
Ushering in new coach Douglas Bamweyana who was taking charge of his first game after replacing Moses Basena, the league record champions finally tested victory.
Midfielder Bashir Mutanda converted a penalty in the first half and this eventually turned out out to be the decisive moment of the game.
It was a game of two halves with SC Villa dominating proceedings in the first stanza while Nyamityobora FC who also had a new coach in Asaph Mwebaze were the better team in the second half.
Albert Mugisa forced goalkeeper Hillary Jomi into into a fine save in the 12th minute with the former’s low drive parried away for a corner.
Ten minutes later, SC Villa were awarded a penalty after defender Calvin Barni handled the ball in the area.
Joseph Ssemujju ignited the attack off the right flank before setting up Mugisa whose shot was blocked by Barni’s hand.
Mutanda stepped up to convert the resultant penalty and give Villa the lead.
Nyamityobora bench called for a change in the 26th minute bringing on Charles Musiige for Ibrahim Massa who was ineffective on the day.
Semujju would have doubled the lead for the visitors at the stoke of halftime but failed to score with keeper to beat.
SC Villa were unlucky to lose goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa through injury and it was Samuel Kivumbi who was in goal in the second half.
Nyamityobora FC greatly improved in the second half and made several attempts in a bid to salvage at least a point.
Patrick Gonahasa would have equalised in the 60th minute when Kivumbi’s clearance fell into his path but his effort went just inches wide.
In the closing stages of the game, Mutanda’s goal bound strike was saved off the line by defender Muhammad Yiga.
SC Villa now moves out of the relegation zone to 11th place on seven points while Nyamityobora FC have slipped to the bottom of the table on four points.