KAMPALA- Not that they were guaranteed three points against Proline! Never. But SC Villa will have felt undone by not playing their StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) fixture on Saturday after the former failed to honour the game.
Proline were protesting against playing without two of their star players, Bright Anukani and Mustafa Mujuzi, who were on international duty with Uganda Cranes. They had requested for the match to be postponed.
Sixteen-time Ugandan record champions Villa - same number in years since they last touched the league title should they fail to win it again this season-, were coming off an emphatic 3-1 win over Mbarara City and were looking to building some sort of momentum.
Today at Namboole, coach Edward Kaziba’s men have another chance, never mind it also being against another team - Police - that never showed up for their opening league game against Onduparaka. They were away in Kenya.
Having already played two matches since their return, Villa can now be sure coach Abdallah Mubiru’s Police will be present. But most importantly for Ibrahim Kirya, Kaziba’s assistant, the Jogoos must do their business on the pitch.
He does not want a repeat of last season where poor results coupled with fan pressure and maladministration almost sent the club down. Not after that false start against Kyetume.
“We did not have some licences in the opening game we lost to Kyetume (1-0),” said Kirya, “But we are now braced for the battle.” Villa had only three substitutes for that clash against Kyetume.
His boss, Kaziba, believes that after the win over Mbarara they are “even in much better position psychologically” going forward. Ambrose Kirya, David Owori and Bashir Mutanda are the men to lead the charge against Police.
Across in Luzira, Mbarara will be hoping to get back to winning ways but welcome a desperate Express side that will be fighting to avoid two defeats on the bounce.
The Red Eagles have picked just one point from three matches, and will hope winger Frank Ssenyondo, scorer of their only goal so far, gets going again.
Coach George Ssimwogerere’s men welcome back Tony Kyamera and Idris Kabonge from injury.
Mbarara - one win, a draw and defeat -will look to Paul Mucureezi for inspiration against the Red Eagles. The midfielder scored a brace in their opening day 3-0 defeat of Proline.
StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Mbarara City vs Express, Luzira
Prisons Ground-Luzira (4:00 pm) live
on Sanyuka TV
Tooro United vs Maroons,
Betway Muteesa II Stadium
SC Villa vs Police,
Mandela National Stadium Namboole (4:30pm)
Bul vs Busoga United ,
Fufa Technical Centre-Njeru
(4:00 pm) live on Sanyuka TV
BrightStars vs Wakiso Giants,
Betway Muteesa II Stadium