SC Villa's Ambrose Kirya celebrates his goal against URA last season Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • Saturday September 16, 2017
  • Police Vs SC Villa – Mandela National stadium, Namboole 4:00pm
[/media-credit] The Police Starting XI against Vipers at Kitende in a friendly Credit: Vipers Media

Former champions Police and SC Villa face off at Namboole on Saturday afternoon with either targeting to steer clear at the top.

The two sides were amongst the only three winners on the opening day with SC Villa winning 1-0 against Soana whilst Police needed a boardroom verdict against Masavu to bag all three points.

Vitalis Tabu’s free kick in the last quarter of the game at Masaka Recreation Ground gave the Jogoos a much deserved win but in Police FC, they face a different opposition on top of being one of their bogey sides.

The two sides played to draws in both fixtures last season despite the Jogoos at one time taking a 2-0 lead in the most previous fixture.

Wasswa Bbosa, the Blues’ tactician is fully aware of what to expect but is adamant his boys will pick the much needed result.

[/media-credit] Wasswa Bbosa Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

“Games against Police are never easy,” he said. “And there have been lots of positive changes at the club so we expect a stern test but the target is maximum points and I believe with the preparations we have had, we shall achieve it,” he added.

Police Coach Abdallah Mubiru thinks the visitors have a slight advantage in terms of match fitness but has confidence in his boys to deliver.

“Sadly, we missed out on day one so Villa have an advantage in terms of game fitness,” he said. “However, we are playing at home and the boys are aware of what is in front of us and ready to fight for the shirt,” he added.

Key Players

[/media-credit] Gift Ali Credit: Courtesy Photo

The hosts will hope midfielders Gift Ali, Albert Mugisa and Juma Balinya bring their A game as has been the case in pre-season but strikers Hood Kaweesa and Norman Ojik have also been impressive.

For the Blues, attacking midfielders Simon Sserunkuma, Allan Kyambadde and Godfrey Lwesibawa hold the key to their goals alongside Vitalis Tabu and forwards George Senkaaba and Alex Kitaata.

Key Stats

The previous 14 meetings have ended in 5 wins for SC Villa, 3 for Police and 6 draws.

However, the Jogoos have won one of the previous 8 league meetings, losing 2 and drawing the rest.

Unless URA wins at Kirinya on the same day, the winner between the two sides will assume top spot after two rounds of matches played.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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