For the first time in more than four years, SC Villa find themselves on top of the league. But is it time for Jogoo fans to get excited? We shall know after Villa has played Police FC on Tuesday, write Elly Kyeyune and Charles Sebugwawo.
Two games, two wins, three goals scored, zero goals conceded, top of the Uganda Premier League. That is the state of affairs at SC Villa. In fact, judging by the current goings-on at the club, it is safe to say the Jogoos are headed for big things this season.
It is more than four years since Villa last led the table standings at any stage, yet it looks as though they are set for a long stay at the summit. In Karim Ndugwa, the club has uncovered a goal poacher able to pounce on the slightest of mistakes from the opposition. Ndugwa, an off-season recruit from Express FC, scored the solitary goal in the opening day win over Soana FC and was on target again as Villa defeated newly-promoted Lweza FC 2-0 on Friday.
However, while Villa fans continue to toast after a promising start of a new era, the club is yet to face a seasoned campaigner, never mind that the opening two games have been hosted at their new home of Ssaza grounds in Mityana. Police FC will be a wholly different proposition and will give the expensively-assembled Villa side a run for their money.
The match, set to take place at Kavumba grounds in Wakiso, is likely to be a tight affair given the fact that Police is a stubborn team to break down. In the opening round of fixtures, the Cops held defending champions KCC 1-1 at Lugogo. Commanded by battle-hardened skipper Siraje Ssevume and Farouk Kawooya, Police’s rugged style of play is the antithesis of Villa’s free-flowing football.
Added to the bumpy patches of Kavumba, Villa is in for a huge test of their title credentials. Elsewhere, KCC will be away in Mityana against league debutants Rwenshama as both sides look for a maiden league win. KCC striker Derrick Nsibambi is likely to start for George Nsimbe’s side in absence of injured Brian Umony.
At Namboole stadium, SC Victoria University (SCVU) will take on Soana as Bright Stars face Jinja-based Bidco FC at Lugogo. Both teams are yet to register a win this season.
Meanwhile, Lweza FC, who lost two fans in fatal accident as they were returning from the Villa game in Mityana, will again be away in Bombo to play army side Simba.
Uganda Premier League
Police v SC Villa, Kavumba
SCVU v Soana, Namboole
Simba v Lweza, Bombo
Rwenshama v KCC, Mityana
Bright Stars v BUL, Lugogo
Source : The Observer