SC Villa players join Emmanuel Okwi (2nd R) in celebrating his goal against Sadolin Paints at Nakivubo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Kirinya Vs SC Villa – Kakindu @ 4.30pm

[/media-credit] Emmanuel Okwi ceelbrates his goal against Sadolin recently. He returns to haunt Kirinya Jinja SS Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

SC Villa will have striker Emmanuel Okwi back in the squad for the visit against Kirinya Jinja SS as they seek to hold grip at the league summit.

The centre forward, with 8 goals in as many matches was a big miss as the Jogoos lost 1-0 to rivals Express more than a week ago and his return is timely as the business end of the season gets tighter.

“It would have been different with him against Express no doubt about that,” said Wasswa Bbosa on Okwi. “But no match is bigger than a player’s health and so we couldn’t risk,” he added.

His return gives us options and hopefully goals as we try to win our games

Bbosa, who was part of the Express FC title winning side in 2011/12, admits the title is out of their hands but hopes the opponent (KCCA) drop points on the way.

We can only win our games, that’s in our hands but the rest, we hope KCCA falter.

Log leaders SC Villa won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Nakivubo in arguably their best performance of the season so far but must be wary of the fight in their hosts as they target a miraculous survival from the drop.

Second from bottom on the 16-team table with 24 points, the Students have won three of their previous five home matches, winning against giants Vipers and Police among others.

Their coach, Abbey Kikomeko has no injury worries ahead of the clash with defender Livingstone Mulondo and midfielder Franco Onene all back from injuries.

Kikomeko admits his side are underdogs going into the clash but warns they will play for points to stay in the league.

We are playing against a strong traditional team in the league in SC Villa as compared to us but we have to play like a home team that wants points to stay in the league.

Maximum points for the Jogoos, who are on 47 points, will see them re-open a four point gap at the table over second placed KCCA who return to action on Wednesday whilst Kirinya Jinja SS will climb to eleventh.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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