Uganda premier League
Maroons 0-0 SC Villa
Prisons Ground Luzira
Maroons FC and SC Villa shared spoils when they met in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Saturday at the Luzira Prisons Grounds.
Both sides settled for a draw in a less eventful scoreless affair of few clear cut chances.
SC Villa left Maroons stadium disappointed after failing to put away the best chances of the game and also had Charles Lwanga’s goal disallowed.
On the other hand, the home side had shot stopper Hannington Ssebwalunyo to thank for making two decent saves. He was eventually named man of the match.
This was the first time coach Douglas Bamweyana was facing his former employees SC Villa since leaving them at the end of last season after helping the team survive relegation.
Maroons FC started the better side with Steven Mukwala troubling SC Villa’s back line given his pace and ability to run at defenders.
The game’s first realistic chance fell to Pius Obuya in the 18th minute who was picked out by Abraham Tusubira at the far post with a well weighed cross but the former headed wide.
SC Villa got a glorious opportunity to open the score 8 minutes later when Albert Mugisa laid up Nicholas Kabonge but Maroons goalkeeper made a fine save to deny him.
In the 63rd minute, substitute Emmanuel Wasswa could have broken the deadlock with Mutanda’s chipped pass finding him through and only faced with the goalkeeper but as he prepared to shoot, he slid to the ground and the hosts survived.
Lwanga thought he had given SC Villa the lead a minute after coming on for Kabonge but his goal was ruled out for offside.
The stalemate, fourth for Villa in nine games, leaves the Jogoos in third with 16 points while Maroons are sixth.
Maroons host Proline on match-day ten at Luzira prisons as Villa welcome URA at the Mandela National stadium, Namboole.
Maroons XI – Hannington Ssebwalunyo, Sharp Edgar Bwogi, Edward Kabona, Abraham Tusubira, Martin Mpuuga, Davis Mayanja, Emmanuel Olinga, Felix Okot, Steven Mukwala, Pius Obuya, Caesar Olega
SC Villa: Saidi Keni (GK), Ibrahim Kibumba, Gavin Kizito, Derrick Ndahiro, Asuman Harishe, Amir Kakomo, David Owori, Albert Mugisha, Lincoln Mukisa, Bashir Miranda, Nicholas Kabonge