StarTimes Uganda Premier League
SC Villa vs Tooro United
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
Tuesday, 30-04-2019 @4pm
NAMBOOLE – 2018/19 has been a trying season for SC Villa and it continues to be as long as they have not secured their StarTimes Uganda Premier League status.
Eliminated from the Cup by Regional side, Nkambi Coffee, the Jogoos have spent most of their season close to the relegation zone and are yet to secure their status with two games play.
Sitting just five points ahead of 14th placed Ndejje University, the SC Villa require just two points to ensure they will be in the League next season but judging from how the season has paved out for them so far, nothing is for certain.
On Tuesday afternoon, they host an in-form Tooro United side at the Mandela National Stadium in game that no one is sure Villa can win.
Tooro are a side that was built around former SC Villa staff as all of Godfrey Lwesibawa, Mahad Yaya, Simon Peter Sserunkuma, Musa Mukasa, Issa Lumu and coach Wasswa Bbosa, were once at Villa park.
After their first game of the season, which ended 2-2, Villa sacked then head coach Moses Basena and replaced him with Douglas Bamweyana.
Having won 4 of their last 5 League games, Bbosa’s side will be a hard nut to crack and if Ndejje register a victory in their Match-Day 29 game at home to Onduparaka, Villa may enter into the last game still concerned about their safety.
SC Villa are expected to be without Charles Lwanga, Moses Kiggundu, Derrick Ndahiro and first choice goalkeeper Saidi Keni, who are all nursing injuries. The good news for the Jogoos is that Top scorer Bashir Mutanda is fit to feature after overcoming illness.
For Tooro, they have no major injury issues going into the game so Bbosa will have a reasonable pool of players to pick from for the match.
This will be the 12th meeting between Tooro United (formally Soana) and SC Villa since the former was promoted to the top tier in 2013.
In the first 11 meetings, Villa have won six, lost once and drawn the other four.
Tooro have never defeated SC Villa away from home with the reverse fixture last season ending in a 1-0 win for the Jogoos.
When the two sides met earlier in the season at Buhinga, they played out a 2-2 draw.
Villa goes into Tuesday’s game having won only two of their last 9 games in the League (D4 L3).
At home, however, the Jogoos have lost only one of their last 6 games (W2 D3).
For Tooro, they go into the game having lost only one of their last 8 League games (W5 D2).
However, away from home, Bbosa’s side have won only two of their last 12 games (D5 L5).
The other games on Tuesday
-Bul FC vs Mbarara City FC
-Maroons FC vs Kirinya JSS