SC Villa head coach Edward Kaziba is still confident his side will win the Uganda Premier League despite ending the first round in 11 points off the pace.
Kaziba who has seen his side fail to put up consistent results so far, made the remarks following their 2-1 victory away to Bright Stars FC on match-day 15.
An own-goal and substitute Nicholas Kabonge’s winner propelled Villa to victory despite being pegged back by a Joseph Akandwanaho strike in the first half.
Speaking after the game, Kaziba noted that his side was well prepared for the contest and the players executed the instructions well.
“We knew we were away to Bright Stars and understood that there were aspects where they had an advantage on us. He said.
“The good thing is that we were well prepared and i am glad to say that our players played under instructions.
“They all played well save for the mistake we made in the build up to their goal but that is inevitable in the game.
“Generally, I think we had a good game because we out played them on top of going away with the points.”
Villa had man-of-the-match Ronald Ssekiganda to thank for the victory as he played his heart out on the day, running tirelessly from one end of the pitch to the other.
Kaziba had this to say about Ssekiganda and the entire team.
“Ssekiganda is a very good players and had a good game alongside Andrew Kiwanuka who had an excellent game.
“All in all, they entire time had a very good game.”
Villa currently occupy 7th spot on the log with 25 points from 15 games.
Despite the league position, Kaziba is not worried and claims they are not far away from the top something he bases on the fact that they are still fighting to win the league.
“The table shows that we are 7th but when you look at the points, we are not so far away and i think we are in a good position going into the second round.
“Our target is still to win the title and we believe it is very much still possible because we still have 15 games to play.
“We have lost to some teams in the first round but we have also learned from our mistakes and will continue sharpening up during this time in recess and i am positive we are still going win the league.”
The league will take a break until March 31, when the second round gets underway.
That means Villa and the rest will have up to two weeks before resuming but Kaziba says they are not going to rest but rather start preparations for the second round.
“The break will not be that long. Good thing is that the players can now have a breather after playing a game every two days which had a massive effect on them.
“We will rest for like four days and them resume training because we will not wait for the league to return to kick-off our preparations for the second round.”
“We expect to be a very different side in the second round as we gun for as many points as we can accumulate.
“Good thing we have young players so they can endure playing the entire league and everyone knows it is a marathon. Even in the last game, they showed everyone that they can very much endure over a long period.”
After 15 first-round games, Villa’s record stood at seven victories, four draws and as many losses.
Their first second-round fixture will see them travel away to MYDA FC on Thursday, April 01.