Tuesday May 10, 2016

Express Vs SC Villa – Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku @ 4pm 

The corresponding fixture last season was abandoned as anti-riot police fired teargas into home fans who had started throwing objects on the pitch after Erisa Ssekisambu equaliser late in the game.

The Red Eagles had taken a 51st lead through John Semazzi strike and were cruising to victory until the 83rd minute.

Like it was in the reverse fixture, SC Villa was awarded all points from the game and the Red Eagles fan will have this memory fresh in mind as they host their bitter rivals.

With the first leg ending 3-2 in favour of the 16 time champions despite Express taking a 2-0 goal lead at half time, there will be no room for error.

“It’s a game that needs nothing to remind the players,” Express Coach Wasswa Bbosa told Kawowo Sports. “We lost twice to them in the boardroom last season and the 3-2 loss in the first leg was painful as well. Revenge will be mission on tomorrow (Tuesday), he added.

His counterpart Ibrahim Kirya whose side has lost twice in succession to The Saints and KCCA says they can’t afford any further slip ups stating that the losses are now behind them.

“The ‘painful’ losses to KCCA and The Saints are now behind us,” he said. “Focus is now on winning our remaining games starting with the one against Express tomorrow (Tuesday),” he added.

Faint hope of winning title

Mathematically, both sides still have a chance of winning this year’s crown although its entirely out of their hands.

The Red Eagles who host KCCA on May 24 are seven points adrift of the leaders and if they can win all their three remaining games (including against KCCA), they can surpass the Kasasiro in case they falter against Sadolin Paints in their last game.

On the other hand, SC Villa despite 19 points adrift of Mike Mutebi’s side have five games in hand and if they win all seven they have to end the league, they will mathematically be champions but only if KCCA lose their remaining two.

Player connection

SC Villa’s Godfrey Lwesibawa, Henry Katongole and Taddeo Lwanga played at Express last season and make a return to Wankulukuku in Villa jerseys while Simon Sserunkuma and Noah Ssemakula are former players at Villa Park.

Team News

The hosts have no injury worries ahead of the tie but the visitors are still likely to miss Umar Kasumba (Malaria), Isaac Muleme (Finger broken) and Yesseri Waibi.

Key Players

Since the departure of Ceaser Okhuti to KCCA, Tony Odur has carried the goal scoring burden with ease and this is the kind of game made for him.

The SC Villa backline must be wary of the threat he poses alongside veteran Vincent Kayizzi and midfield duo of Ibrahim Kayiwa and Sam Kintu.

With Kasumba out, SC Villa remains with little goal scoring options but Karim Ndugwa and Mike Sserumaga will be key if the Jogoos are to leave Wankulukuku with something in the bag.

Abel Eturude, fantastic against KCCA will again be the man to dictate play alongside the returning Lwanga and the calm, slow but intelligent Paul Mbowa.

The league meetings since 2011-12 campaign

2011/12: SC Villa 0-2 Express, Express 0-0 SC Villa

2012/13: Express 0-1 SC Villa, SC Villa 2-2 Express

2013/14: SC Villa 0-1 Express, Express 1-0 SC Villa

2014/15: SC Villa 3-0 Express, Express 0-3 SC Villa (Games aborted and Villa awarded points)

2015/16: SC Villa 3-2 Express, Express?-? SC Villa

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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