Wednesday, December 9 Fixture
- SC Villa Vs Mbarara – Bombo Barracks(Live on Sanyuka TV, 4pm)
- Kitara FC Vs UPDF FC – Kavumba Recreational ground, 4pm
SC Villa Team News
SCVilla 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.
Mbarara City FCTeam News:
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.
Having finished third last season, SC Villa 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 and Kirya Ambrose (BUL FC), however, coach Edward Kaziba remains positive.
Forward Bashir Mutanda traveled with the team and will be in contention to face his former paymasters.
The SC Villa started off the season with a point against BUL FC in a 2-2 draw while Mbarara City drew with URA FC 1-1 Kakyeeka Stadium on the opening day.
“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.
Villa beat Mbarara last season in a floodlights game at Namboole.
Mbarara City will be without head coach Brian Ssenyondo who traveled with the U17 team, his assistant Meddie Kisekka will be in the dugout and this will be the second test for the Ankole lions because Ssenyondo Missed their First game of this term against URA FC.
This is poised to be a difficult season for Mbarara City FC 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.
Kisekka added,“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.”
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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 KiryaAmbrose .
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
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