Injuries, boardroom issues hamper SCVU

KAMPALA

Tenth-placed SC Victoria University sit five points above the relegation zone on the 16 team log.
In their last four games, since winning 3-1 against Rwenshama on November 11, SCVU have collected only one point, scoring only one goal in last Monday’s one-all draw against Bright Stars.
Such has been the story of the Namboole-based side who have scored only six goals this season and the solutions don’t seem to be coming easily.
“We play very well and create chances especially in the second halves but there seems to be a lack of confidence in the team,” coach Morley Byekwaso said.
He also denied that off-field antics have played a part in the sequence.
Disagreements between Serbian owner Simo Dubajic and some experienced players led to Dennis Guma, Murushid Jjuuko and Benjamin Ochan vowing not to play for the club again over broken contractual promises. SCVU and Vipers also remain as the only two clubs yet to sign a deed of adherence which is the minimum requirement for clubs to enjoy a sponsorship package, including televising of Uganda Premier League games, from continental broadcasters SuperSport.
Injuries to forwards Caesar Sapeo, club top scorer Mathew Odong and Simon Okwi (who returned to training early this week) forced the coach to push defender Savio Kabugo upfront against SC Villa and Bright Stars but that only exposed their defence.
Byekwaso says Dan Nsubuga’s return was timely but he can’t command much playing time as he needs to work on his fitness. The defence, once famed for it’s meanness, has now shipped in 10 goals in 13 games to leave the goal difference permutations in negatives. Elsewhere, table-toppers Vipers remain unbeaten but coach Edward Golola’s side have struggled against the big sides.
All four games against KCC, Villa, URA and Express, who haven’t won any game in their last four, have ended in stalemates and Golola admits his side lacks firepower upfront. Perhaps, like SCVU, the Buikwe-based side, who struggle going forward when the midfielders don’t come to the party, are paying for being short of manpower in the striking department. Daniel Oyirwoth is the only out and out striker at the club but he has failed to command playing time.
Meanwhile Villa coach Sam Ssimbwa rued the chance his side missed to close the gap on Vipers and to pile more pressure on the log leaders partly because of poor officiating and his players failing to hold onto their lead. Both sides will certainly be wary of second-placed KCC, who also better Villa on goal difference.
KCC, who have collected eight points in six visits, however need to work on their away form.

Team of the week: 4-3-3
Goalkeeper: Ismail Watenga (Vipers) Defenders: Fred Nkata (SC Villa), Simeon Masaba (URA), Musa Malunda (Vipers), Jonathan Mugabi (URA) Midfielders: Steven Bengo (SC Villa), Erisa Ssekisambu (SC Villa), Patrick Ochan (URA), Hashim Ssempala (Bul) Fowards: Robert Ssentongo (URA), Milton Kalisa (Bul), Michael Birungi (KCC)

Best player – Milton Kalisa
The Bul Bidco forward grabbed a brace against Express to bring his team back to winning ways after they had lost two back-to-back games to KCC and URA.

Best coach – Alex Isabirye
It is hard to look past the URA coach who masterminded two wins against KCC and Police in a space of seven days.
Worst moment – Poor officiation
Criticism of match officials is back into the fold and rightly so. Referee Robert Donney was largely castigated both by Vipers and SC Villa coaches for failing to control the encounter between the two sides.

RESULTS – MATCH DAY 13
Monday, December 15
Bright Stars 1-1 SCVU
Tuesday, December 16
Rwenshama 2-1 Lweza
Sadolin Paints 0-0 Simba
Vipers 1-1 SC Villa
KCC 4-0 Soana
Police 1-2 URA
Express 1-2 Bul

MATCH DAY 15 – FIXTURES
Tuesday, September 23 (4.30pm)
Rwenshama vs. KCC, Mityana
Express vs. Soana, Wankulukuku
KCC vs. Entebbe, Lugogo
Kira Young vs. SCVU, Namboole
Bul vs. URA, Kakindu
Rwenshama vs. Simba, Mityana
Sadolin vs. SC Villa, Bugembe
Police vs. Lweza, Kavumba
Vipers vs. Bright Stars, Buikwe
UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE
P W D L F A Pts
Vipers 12 9 3 0 18 8 30
KCC 12 7 3 2 20 8 24
SC Villa 11 7 2 2 18 4 23
Express 12 6 3 3 11 10 21
URA 12 5 5 2 25 14 20 Bright Stars 12 5 4 3 12 9 19
BUL 11 5 4 2 7 6 19
Police 11 4 4 3 14 10 16
Sadolin Paints 12 4 4 4 9 11 16 SCVU 11 3 4 4 5 7 13
Simba 12 3 3 6 8 12 12
Lweza 11 3 1 7 9 13 10
Kira Young 11 2 4 5 9 16 10
Soana 11 1 3 7 7 13 6
Entebbe 12 1 3 8 3 19 6
Rwenshama 11 1 2 8 10 24 5

Top scorers
Karim Ndugwa 8 SC Villa
Robert Ssentongo 8 URA
Brian Umony 7 KCC
Umar Kasumba 7 Police

mmuziransa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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