SC Villa and URA are two of the four most successful sides in the Uganda Premier League with 16 and four titles respectively.
They have however fallen on lean times lately with URA’s previous triumph coming seven years ago while Villa, the most successful side last won the title 14 years back.
And as the 2019 league season just about a month away, both teams enter the campaign in a rebuilding process.
Today’s Pilsner Super 8 tournament consequently comes as the perfect time for both coaches ahead of the new season.
Villa’s problems have been more publicized following the resignation of club president Ben Misagga with the club now under the William Nkemba led interim committee.
The former’s departure saw him sale a number of the club’s best performers including Nicholas Kasozi, Allan Kyambadde and Bernard Muwanga.
New coach Moses Basena is as a result still trying out a number of players that he is expected to use in the encounter.
“At teams like Villa you always want to win titles but when you get players from the lower divisions or Masaza they usually don’t have that mentality so it is part of coaching,” Basena said of the state of his current team.
He is expected to build on the presence of the two Kiryas Samson and Ambrose as well as Joseph Nsubuga who has been handed the captaincy.
URA on the hand have largely failed to perform on the pitch with Sam Simbwa brought in at the end of last season to steady a sinking ship.
“I might field one or two of the older one but I have young players. I also don’t have any national team players but the advantage we have over SC Villa is that we have played more friendlies like KCCA, Nyamityobora and Azam,” said Ssimbwa.