Action from the reverse fixture at Wankulukuku Credit: John Batanudde

Wednesday April 14, 2021

  • Bombo Military Barracks stadium 4pm

Express have a chance to complete a rare double over rivals SC Villa when the two teams meet at the Bombo Military Barracks on Wednesday.

The Red Eagles edged the reverse fixture 1-0 at Wankulukuku and victory on Wednesday will give see them complete their first double over their bitter rivals since 2014.

Shafik Bakaki celebrates SC Villa’s equalizer against rivals Express at Wankulukuku Stadium (Photo: John Batanudde)

Both teams come into the fixture beaming with confidence after progressing in the Stanbic Uganda Cup with Villa doing what appeared a harder job by overturning a 1-0 deficit to Ndejje University away from home.

Edward Kaziba believes the win lifted the mood in the camp and remains optimistic of a decent result.

“The players are in a very good mood. The Uganda Cup win uplifted each one’s morale and we are ready for tomorrow’s game both physically and mentally,” he told the club website.

SC Villa head coach Edward Kaziba

“Tomorrow’s game is a Derby, and everyone on my team both the players and coaches know how momentous it is to win it. Given that we lost in the first round, tomorrow gives us an opportunity to pay them back in the same currency.”

His opposite number Wasswa Bbosa, a former Villa coach says they have worked on their mistakes from the previous game and hopes they will carry the day.

Richard Wasswa Bbosa

“It will be a tough game but we have worked on our mistakes especially finishing and we are good to go,” said Bbosa.

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SC Villa have left back Derrick Ndahiro back after missing the cup win over Ndejje with a knock and so is Ronald Ssekiganda who sat out at MYDA due to suspension.

Derrick Ndahiro in action

But goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige and midfield enforcer Amir Kakomo are out due to accumulated bookings.

The visitors have no experienced defender Murushid Jjuuko who was red carded in the last game and he joins injured Arthur Kiggundu, Abel Eturude and George Senkaaba – scorer of the winner in the first round fixture.

George Senkaaba Credit: Express FC Media

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Express last beat Villa home and away in the 2013/14 campaign winning 1-0 away and 2-0 at home.

The Jogoos have lost only two of the previous eight home meetings and that was in 2013 – they have won six successive times including last season at Bombo.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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