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UPL: SC Villa Seek To Bury Poor Start Against KCCA

Tuesday, November 6
SC Villa vs KCCA FC, 4 PM
Mandela National Stadium – Namboole

Struggling SC Villa will look to make a statement of intent on Matchday seven when they host rivals KCCA FC in a Kampala derby this Tuesday at Mandela National Stadium in Lugogo.

The sleeping giants, after the trek that saw Club President Eng Ben Misagga, Coach Wasswa Bbosa and almost all the players exit the club, many pundits predicted a tough spell ahead for the Jogoo but few thought that it was going to be this worse.

The club is second bottom after six league games, and together with Maroons, they are yet to win a league game so far.

Basena has been under scrutiny – Villa media photo

SC Villa has collected three points from six games: draws coming against Kirinya Jinja, Bright Stars and URA FC. The side has lost maximum points against Onduparaka, Vipers and Mbarara.

The recent loss against Mbarara in Kavumba, it was reported that club coach Moses Basena was whisked away by Police to save him from being beaten by rowdy Villa fans.

The fans’ frustration can be understandable, this is a record 16 time league champions, they are not used to being at this foot end of the table. However, in Basena, they might be pointing fingers at a wrong person.

After losing almost the entire squad, Villa didn’t make any marquee signing to fill the void. The club has looked a shadow of themselves due to lack of quality in depth.

Minister of defence: Savio Kabugo will have a long day against KCCA’s fluid attack. Villa photo

Habib Kavuma and Savio Kabugo have not disappointed at the back, but the fact that the team has shipped in eight goals, leaves a lot to be desired.

Joseph Ssemujju has looked blunt which comes as a no surprise, Albert Mugisa is yet to settle in but Bashir Mutanda has proved that he will be reliable.

Recently after a goalless draw with URA, Basena noted that his squad has room for improvement and you will feel that the big game against KCCA FC comes a bit earlier.

Allan Okello will look to boss the midfield against Villa.

The visitors were the best team despite needing Filbert Obenchan’s goal to level matters in Kitende for a point, and it could have been a different story if Saddam Juma converted from the spot.

KCCA are third on the log with 12 points and have looked comfortable playing away from home.

Together with URA and Vipers, Mike Mutebi’s charges are still unbeaten from six league opening games.

Mike Mutebi had a stint at Villa

In their last 16 league meetings, KCCA have won on six occasions, drawing eight and losing twice.

Before last season’s 2-1 win against KCCA in October 28 in Masaka, Villa’s last league win over Tuesday’s opponents was way back in May 2012 at a defunct Nakivubo.

Surprisingly, Mike Mutebi was the coach at Villa and second half goals from Moses Ndawula and Herman Wasswa then, ended Villa’s poor form. Can history repeat itself?

They may have problems for now but they have history so we will not take them for granted,” KCCA gaffer Mike Mutebi said during a press briefing at Lugogo on Monday.

Mutebi added: “We will be playing the record holders, they are now a wounded lion so I think they will come with a point to prove.

“It will be a difficult game for us, we are the visiting team and Villa will look to capitalize on that advantage.”

The Lugogo army: KCCA media

KCCA have beaten up on Tooro, Onduparaka and Bright Stars. The side has shared spoils with Kirinya, Mbarara and Vipers.

Last Ten League Meetings:

15/02/18 KCCA 1-0 SC Villa
28/10/17 SC Villa 2-1 KCCA
22/04/17 SC Villa 1-1 KCCA
01/11/16 KCCA 3-1 SC Villa
06/05/16 SC Villa 0-1 KCCA
22/12/15 KCCA 0-0 SC Villa
03/04/15 KCCA 1-1 SC Villa
31/10/14 SC Villa 0-1 KCCA
06/05/14 KCCA 3-1 SC Villa
20/08/13 SC Villa 1-1 KCCA

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