Tuesday, March 21
*SC Villa 1-0 BUL
SC Villa edged BUL in an early kickoff league game at Akii-bua Stadium in Lira.
David Owori scored in the 39th minute after BUL failed to defend Jonah Kakande’s delivery. And the Jogoos held on for a crucial victory.
The win moves Villa a point below leaders KCCA who are on 35 points and have played two games less.
The win, is revenge best served for Villa who lost to BUL 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Njeru last year in the first round.
BUL also eliminated SC Villa out of the Uganda Cup for a second year running, including a dramatic tie this year that was replayed on FUFA orders.
It’s the first victory for SC Villa against BUL in the league since 2017, a win that come on their 12th attempt against the Jinja-based giants.
SC Villa Leaves Lira on High
In November last year, SC Villa were ordered to host their next five home games behind closed doors and at the Aki Bua Memorial Stadium in Lira after fans hooliganism in their clash against Wakiso Giants.
The Club also had two points and as many goals deducted.
And their first game in Lira was a 3-0 mauling against KCCA FC!
Fast forward, the Jogoos have won their subsequent games at the venue, beating Maroons, UPDF, Onduparaka and BUL as their latest victim.
Coming into the game, a loss would have seen Villa leapfrogged by BUL.
BUL, under Simeone Masaba after Alex Isabirye’s departure, got off the blocks quickly and almost took an early lead only for Ssekamatte Kayongo Samuel’s shot to fly over the goal frame.
But Villa slowly settled and grew into the contest, and when their chance presented itself, Owori was in good position to fire into the roof for his second goal since returning to the club.
BUL tried to ask some questions throughout the contest, but the Jogoos were compact and solid at the back.
It’s win number 11 for SC Villa and 34 points at this stage – They would have been atop the league if they were not deducted points!
What Next – SC Villa will visit Busoga United on March 31 while BUL welcome Gaddafi at Njeru on March 30.
SC Villa – Martin Elungat, Tabu Oryem, Joseph Kafumbe, Fred Gift, Hassan Musana, Davis Ssekajja, David Owori, Frank Muna Kalule, Edward Masembe, Charles Bbale, Frank Kakande
BUL – Saidi Keni, Walter Ochora, Ibrahim Kazindula, Douglas Muganga, Richard Wandyaka, Jerome Kirya, Richard Ayiko, Emma Kalyowa, Samuel Kayongo Ssekamatte, Hillary Onek, Martin Aprem