Wednesday, December 9
*SC Villa Vs Mbarara – Bombo Barracks
(Live on Sanyuka TV, 4pm)
*Kitara FC Vs UPDF FC – Kavumba Recreational ground, 4pm
- Villa will be without Benson Muhindo who was sent off in the 2-2 draw against BUL.
- Goalkeeper Saidi Keni’s licensing process remains pending and will continue to miss out.
- New signing Mohammed Nsereko is available for selection for Edward Kaziba’s charges.
- The Ankole Lions will be without head coach Brian Ssenyondo who traveled with Uganda U17 team, the Cubs, for CECAFA in Rwanda, Meddie Kisekka will be on the touchline
- Jude Ssemugabi who rescued a point against URA on Match-day one didn’t travel with the team to Kampala due to Malaria.
- Makueth Wol, Bebe Swalik, Godfrey Kalungi, Karim Ramathan and Siraj Musindo will not be involved.
SC Villa – Meddie Kibirigge, Fred Agandu, Derrick Ndahiro, Gavin Kizito, Asuman Alishe, Amir Kakomo, Goffin Oyirwoth, Emmanuel Wasswa, Faisal Muwawu, Nicholas Kabonge, Fahad Badiro
Mbarara City – Ronald Ssekeba, Ronald Orit, Jasper Aheebwa, Hilary Mukundane, Stephen Othieno, Pistis Barenge, Solomon Okwalinga, Ivan Eyam, Raymond Onyai, Bashir Mutanda, Ronald Edwok
Having finished third last season, the Jogoos will be giving a try on a title hunt this season though they still lack quality on their squad in comparison to top favourites like Vipers and KCCA.
The club’s recruitment process before season kickoff was not that pleasing given the departure of some key players including Bashir Mutanda who joined Mbarara, however, coach Edward Kaziba remains positive.
The record league winners started off the season with a point against BUL FC in a 2-2 draw.
“The first home game of the season is always important and we are fully aware of this,” Kaziba said. “We need to start off our home games with a win.”
Kaziba will be fancying his chances against the Ankole Lions given that his next three games are URA, KCCA and Express.
The visitors on the other hand, will be hoping for an upset at Bombo.
The team needed a second half equaliser to snatch a point off URA FC.
This is poised to be a difficult season for the side who lost Brian Aheebwa and Ibrahim Orit to KCCA and Vipers respectively, not to mention Paul who left midway last season.
“We have challenges like licensing and recruitment process,” coach Kisekka said after the URA game.
“Mbarara city lost three good players who were very crucial in scoring for the team, and in this game we had a challenge that we have not been able to utilize our changes as we got them.”
This will be the sixth meeting between the sides – Villa takes the lion’s share with three wins, a draw and a loss.
Last season, Villa beat Mbarara 3-1 thanks to goals from David Owori, Emmanuel Kalyowa and Ambrose Kirya.
Mbarara’s only win off the Jogoos came in 2018, the Ankole Lions ran away 2-1 favourites.
Head to Head
*SC Villa 3-1 Mbarara
*SC Villa 2-1 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 2-1 SC Villa
*Mbarara City 1-1 SC Villa
*SC Villa 1-0 Mbarara City
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