Douglas "Bamdagie" Bamweyana
Douglas Bamweyana addressing the media. [Photo: David Isabirye]

Sports Club Villa head coach Douglas Bamweyana takes pride in his team’s 3-1 victory on the road against the reigning champions, Vipers at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

The loss was Vipers’ first in 34 matches since the disappointing 2-1 defeat in the league at St Mary’s, the very first this season.

We are happy as a club for this victory. The victory brings a smile back to the faces of our fans. We deserved the victory because we worked so hard right from the start. The performance matched alongside the result. We knew we were playing a tough opponent who is not easy to defeat at home. We studied each and every player on their team and analysed their strength and weaknesses. We worked our socks off. We are satisfied by everyone’s work.

Douglas Bamweyana, Head Coach Sports Club Villa
Sports Club Villa players celebrate their third goal at St Mary’s Stadium. [Photo: Aisha Nakato]

The Jogoos were ruthless, triumphing 3-1 on an unfamiliar ground finding the back of the net as early as the 6th minute through Charles ‘Neymar’ Lwanga after a teasing ball from Pius ‘Muzeei’ Wangi.

Man of the moment, Wangi added the second on the quarter hour mark before the home side pulled back a goal through Tito Okello before the break.

Second half substitute Joseph Ssemujju sealed the victory with a powerful header at the back post off a curling free-kick delivered by Emmanuel Kalyowa four minutes into the second half.

Bamweyana admitted having the strength and depth in their squad, an added advantage coming to the game.

In fact, this could be exemplified when Wangi did not return after the break despite having had an excellent 45 minutes, the substitute Ssemujju was equal to the task.

We have the quality across the squad and the confidence that each player on the team can easily match to the demands of the club. I am happy that our left back (John Adriko) also played his first game. It was good to see him in action.

About the youngster Derrick Ndahiro who was fielded at central defence and played the game of his life with a goal line clearance at some stage in the first half, Bamweyana admitted that the young player could easily take up the assigned roles.

We knew Ndahiro (Derrick) could play the way he played after seeing him potential in training. We are happy about his general progress as a player.

Bamweyana on the performance of Ndahiro
Ndahiro was solid throughout the 90 minutes despite playing in an unfamiliar central defensive position. [Photo: Aisha Nakato]

The Jogoos also introduced Albert Mugisa for Charles Lwanga 10 minutes into the second half and a late change when Mike Sserumaga replaced Bashir Mutanda in the closing stages of the game.

For the victory, SC Villa displaced Maroons from the 12th place (both clubs have 18 points apiece).

The Jogoos face West Nile side Paidha Black Angels at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Tuesday, 12th February 2019.

How SC Villa lined up against Vipers:

Saidi Keni (G.K), Asuman Harishe, Derrick Ndahiro, John Adriko, David Owori, Sulaiman Majanjalo, Emmanuel Kalyowa, Pius Wangi (46’ Joseph Ssemujju), Ashraf Mandela (Captain), Bashir Mutanda (88’ Mike Sserumaga), Charles Lwanga (56’ Albert Mugisa)

Subs Not Used:

Samuel Kivumbi (G.K), Habib Kavuma, Lincoln Mukisa, Moses Kiggundu

Full Saturday Results:

Vipers 1-3 SC Villa

Bright Stars 0-0 KCCA

Police 1-0 Ndejje University

Onduparaka 0-0 Kirinya-Jinja S.S

Tooro United 1-0 Paidha Black Angels

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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