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SC Villa take on KCCA in Masaka

SC Villa have camped in Masaka since Wednesday to prepare for their clash with archrivals KCCA FC tomorrow, a testimony of how badly they want to win this game, reports JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.

The clash between SC Villa and KCCA FC has always been one of unimaginable proportions. And as the two teams meet tomorrow at the Masaka Recreation ground, the fact that KCCA is on ten points and Villa is on nine, makes it a mouthwatering tie of the Azam Uganda Premier League.

However, it should even be more important to Villa, who have not beaten KCCA in the league since 2012.

“Beating KCCA would be a big boost to our confidence, especially psychologically. After dropping points to Maroons last week, we need to bounce back and stay within range of the main title contenders,” Villa coach Wasswa Bbosa said.

SC Villa’s Martin Kizza (L) evades Express’ Musa Mukasa in a premier league game

Villa is yet to lose a game at home since they relocated to Masaka. In nine games, they have won seven and drawn two, which is the kind of record that would ordinarily make any opponent flinch. 

But KCCA midfielder Isaac Kirabira, a former Villa captain,  downplayed such fears. He reasoned that they have played bigger games on the continent this year and are well prepared for this match.

That is why KCCA have won four of their last eight meetings, which gives them the psychological edge of five years. In fact, KCCA’s dominance has seen them close the gap on Villa in as far as league titles are concerned.

KCCA have 12, just four behind Villa. But at the time Villa won its sixteenth league title, KCCA had seven, a fact that confirms the Jogoos’ stagnation.

While it is still early to consider this clash a title decider, it is a game that will trigger much interest because of the various subplots. Villa welcome back goalkeeper Samson Kirya and winger Vitalis Tabu, who can be a gamechanger on his best day.

KCCA will be without striker Derrick Nsibambi but Mutebi expects midfielders Sadam Juma and Paul Mucureezi to fill that void in scoring goals.

UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
Friday@4pm:
Bul v Express@Kakindu

Saturday@4pm:
SC Villa v KCCA @Masaka
Onduparaka v Vipers@Arua
Proline v UPDF@Lugogo

jovi@observer.ug

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