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KCCA host SC Villa in do-or-die UPL encounter

Jackson Nunda (right) tries to get past Villa’s Abel Etrude during a past encounter. The injury troubled midfielder is in contention to play after overcoming fitness issues. Photo by Shaban Lubega.

FOOTBALL–Two time league defending champions KCCA FC will host table leaders SC Villa in what is unarguably the biggest fixture of the second round so far.

The Kasasiro boys go into the fixture third on the table and with four points separating them from Villa who are on top.

A loss for KCCA will surely put their title aspirations in jeopardy despite having a game in hand.

KCCA is expected to be without midfielder Muzamir Mutyaba who has not yet recovered from a foot injury plus striker Derrick Nsibambi who is out with a minor injury. Julius Poloto and Patrick Kaddu are serious doubts with illness.

The good news for KCCA is that Jackson Nunda and Paul Musamali who have been struggling with fitness issues are expected to be in contention.

For Villa, their only major absentee is Martin Kizza who is out serving a one-match suspension otherwise, the rest of the squad is available for selection.

“It is going to be a very huge game for both sides,” said KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi.

“Villa is leading the table and they are very strong like they have proved this season. We have respect for them and i know they are coming here to attack us and try to get all three points,” Mutebi said.

“We(KCCA) can not afford to make any mistakes as we risk slipping further behind in the title race but we also know how vital taking all three points is for our cause,” he added.

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KCCA have never lost to Villa at the StarTimes stadium under Mike mutebi having won three and drawn one in the four games he has been in charge. Villa lost 3-1 at Lugogo last season.

Villa target a league double over KCCA over KCCA for the first time in over seven years.

The first leg ended 2-1 in favour of SC Villa in a hotly contested match in Masaka.

It is a battle between the best attack and meanest defence as KCCA are the league top scorers this season with 28 goals and Villa have conceded only six, the least in the entire division.

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