SC Villa marked their return to Masaka with a comfortable 4-1 win over Onduparaka in the 2016/17 Uganda Premier League.
Emmanuel Okwi was the talk of the day after grabbing a hat-trick but here, we look at the talking points from the atmosphere to the pitch.
Masaka painted Blue
For the first time since May 2014, top division football returned to Masaka Recreation Ground. The thirst and hunger for the game was evident given the numbers that thronged the stadium to catch a glimpse of the Jogoos take on the Caterpillars.
The town was painted by Blue by the native hosts’ fans as well as those who travelled from Kampala and other nearby locations.
But it wasn’t just about ‘Blue’ as the now famous Onduparaka fans, donning green and white also made their way to light up the ambience.
Okwi is arguably the biggest name at the club and for the fans who braved the sunny afternoon to catch a glimpse of the star and his teammates, he didn’t disappoint.
The forward grabbed a beautiful hat-trick to remind the old Jogoo faithful of the day, back in 1992 when the late Magid Musisi (RIP) put four past KCCA at the same venue.
He was only denied the fourth by the cross bar that prevented his penalty from hitting the net.
The playing surface, just like most in Uganda isn’t as smooth with patches of bare ground but playable.
What makes it nice though is the length and width as it can only be rivaled by Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku and or Kyabazinga stadium, Bugembe.
Onduparaka toothless without Shaban
Things of ‘IF’ in football are more of hypothesis than realism but Onduparaka without Muhammad Shaban are toothless.
Like it was against KCCA, the Caterpillars missed their inspirational skipper against SC Villa and were torn apart by Okwi and company.
I doubt it would have changed the score line if he played given the Jogoos excellent display on the day but he was really missed.