SC Villa's Vitalis Tabu goes past Vipers' Shafiq Bakaki at Nakivubo stadium. They return to the venue for the game against Kirinya Jinja SS Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Police officers protect SC Villa Associate Coach Wasswa Bbosa from angry fans Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Wasswa Bbosa will walk this road for the first time as he returns to Mutesa II stadium Wankulukuku knowing that this is likely to be the first of many encounters with the club with which he was once so intrinsically linked.

Bbosa, who managed Express FC in the first round of the league before being shown the exit returns with SC Villa, the Red Eagles arch rivals as both sides seek maximum points.

The former defensive midfielder takes the Jogoos into the game with intent of reclaiming a four point gap between the side and KCCA with the Kasasiro in continental engagements this weekend.

“I have big emotional connections with Express,” said Bbosa. “But whatever reception I get, I don’t care. My heart is now with SC Villa and it’s the side I want to win,” he added.

Away from the emotions, Bbosa says the target is pick maximum points to stay in contention for the crown.

It’s a normal game like the rest. And we seek maximum points and hopefully, we shall leave victorious although it will be tough.

[/media-credit] Matia Lule Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

His opposite number, Matia Lule, a man who replaced him at the helm at the club also expects a tough game but one his side are capable of winning.

For us, it’s a normal and we have prepared for it like any other game. But most importantly, we want to win it for the fans that have stood by us in bad and good times.

Sixth on the 16-team log with 33 points, Express are enjoying an unbeaten run of six games in all competitions, and have won their previous three in the league.

Team News

Noah Ssemakula returns after missing a couple of games but the worry is on Captain Ibrahim Saddam Juma who pulled a hamstring on Thursday.

He remains a big doubt although he says he will be ready for the game if the medics pass him fit to play the game.

[/media-credit] Noah Ssemakula in action against Soana. He is back Credit: © Kawowo Sports / AMINAH BABIRYE

For SC Villa, striker Emmanuel Okwi, who has so far netted 8 goals in as many games remains a big doubt following an arm injury last weekend but surprisingly, he has trained with the team on the eve of the game.

Striker Alex Kitaata is also out with reports he is out of the country but team captain, Tadeo Lwanga is back after missing the 1-0 victory over Bul FC.

Man to Watch

Ibrahim Saddam Juma – If he recovers in time for the game, the attacking midfielder will harbor the hosts’ hope not only for goals but inspiration as well.

He is enjoying a rich vein of form with three goals in his previous two outings. A big game player who scored against the Jogoos in the reverse fixture.

[/media-credit] Ambrose Kirya Credit: © Kawowo Sports / AISHA NAKATO

Ambrose Kirya – In case Okwi fails to make the team, all eyes will be on Ambrose Kirya. His pace and late runs into the area makes him a deadly attacking midfielder and has that fierce shot.

Statistics

  • Both teams have won their previous three league games on the bounce. None has won four in a row in the campaign.
  • SC Villa have own 3 of the previous 5 league meetings, drawing the rest.
  • Express FC last won against SC Villa in the 2013/14 season – won 2-0 at Wankulukuku.
  • In comparison this season so far, SC Villa have won 79% of games against common opponents with the Red Eagles managing a 43% win rate.

Probable lineups

Express FC:

Emmanuel Opio (GK), Musa Mukasa, Yayo Lutimba, Samuel Senkoomi, Farooque Matovu, Derrick Tekkwo, Ibrahim Saddam Juma (C), Simon Sserunkuma, Mahad Kakooza, Allan Kyambadde and Joseph Semujju

SC Villa:

Samson Kirya (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, John Adriko, Paul Mbowa, Henry Katongole, Tadeo Lwanga (C), Abel Eturude, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Ambrose Kirya, Martin Kizza and Umar Kasumba

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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