Ambrose Kirya in action against KCCA last season. He scored the winner against Vipers at Nakivubo Credit: © Kawowo Sports / AISHA NAKATO
  • Saturday April 21, 2017
  • SC Villa Vs KCCA – Masaka Recreation Ground @ 4pm
[/media-credit] Action from KCCA 3-1 SC Villa in the reverse fixture Credit: Photo Credits: KCCA FC Media

SC Villa head into Saturday’s blockbuster clash with KCCA on the verge of crisis and need nothing but maximum points to keep their faint title hopes alive.

The Jogoos, who host the Kasasiro at Masaka Recreation Ground trail the visitors on goal difference despite having same points (47), have failed to take advantage of KCCA’s slip ups and their title chance will all but be over if the fail to win.

“If we do not win on Saturday, we will have messed up our title possibilities,” said Wasswa Bbosa, whose side has lost twice in a row; 1-0 away to Express and Kirinya Jinja SS in their previous two matches.

[/media-credit] SC Villa interim coach Wasswa Bbosa instructs Martin Kizza during the game against Sadolin Paints at Nakivubo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

They will hope to keep their record at the new home intact – they have beaten Onduparaka and Bul 4-1 and 1-0 respectively since relocating to Masaka.

For Mike Mutebi, the man in charge of KCCA, a win or draw will ensure they maintain their grip at summit since they still have three games in hand over the rivals.

[/media-credit] KCCA coach Mike Mutebi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

“It’s a very important fixture for us since we all have same points,” he told reporters on Thursday. “But our target remains getting a positive result from the game and a win is what we target but a draw isn’t bad either since it will leave us in charge,” he added.

Team News

SC Villa striker Emmanuel Okwi returned from injury against Kirinya Jinja SS but may only be good for the bench according to Bbosa.

The side remains minus striker Alex Kitaata (AWOL) while Mike Ndera and Godfrey Lwesibawa are out with injuries.

KCCA have only one injury doubt in skipper Denis Okot who suffered a knock against URA but Timothy Awany, Derrick Nsibambi and Brian Majwega – all absent on Wednesday return to the team.

Key Stats

  • SC Villa have only beaten KCCA once in the league in the previous 13 meetings – ironically, Mutebi was coach for the Jogoos who beat rivals 2-0 through Herman Wasswa and Moses Ndaula goals in 2011/12.
  • KCCA holds advantage in the previous 13 meetings with 4 wins, 1 loss and the rest draws.
  • The most memorable match between the two sides in Masaka ended 5-0 in favour of the Jogoos. Majid Musisi scored four times before asking to be substituted.
  • KCCA have won just two of their previous 5 league games, drawing the rest while SC Villa have won 3 and lost 2.
  • SC Villa have won 9 of their 11 home games this season, drawn the rest.
  • KCCA have won just 4 of their 11 away league games this season, lost 3 and drawn the rest.
  • SC Villa have kept 5 clean sheets at home this season while KCCA have only failed to score just once away in the league.

Player to Watch

[/media-credit] Emmanuel Okawi with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick against Onduparaka Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Emmanuel Okwi – The forward’s shoulder injury coincided with the club’s dip in form and if he is fully fit on Saturday, he will cause problems to the visitors defence with his clever runs and prolific instincts in front of goal.

He has four of the five goals the Jogoos have scored at Masaka and will be eager to maintain the run.

[/media-credit] Geoffrey Sserunkuma Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Geoffrey Sserunkuma – The ever green centre forward leads the goal scoring charts in the division with 16 goals and will be the main man for the visitors.

Although his previous two goals have been from penalties, he is deadly with his clever movement on and off the ball and if SC Villa are to get anything from the game, they will have to keep him silent.

Probable Line ups

SC Villa: Samson Kirya (GK), Joseph Nsubuga, John Adriko, Paul Mbowa, Henry Katongole, Taddeo Lwanga ©, Abel Eturude, Martin Kizza, Ambrose Kirya, Denis Kamanzi and Umar Kasumba

KCCA: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Denis Rukundo, Isaac Muleme, Habib Kavuma ©, Timothy Awany, Isaac Kirabira, Tom Masiko, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi, Brian Majwega and Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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