StarTimes Uganda Premier League
SC Villa vs Nyamityobora FC
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
Saturday, 04-05-2019 @4pm
NAMBOOLE – SC Villa just can’t wait for this season to end.
The record League champions have endured arguably their most frustrating season in the club’s history and seeing its back end on Saturday will be a welcome feeling.
Throughout the entire campaign, Villa have been struggling at the wrong end of the table, fighting to fend off relegation.
Despite securing their top tier status on Thursday, following Ndejje’s lost at home to Onduparaka, Villa still want this season to end as soon as possible.
On Saturday, they host a Nyamityobora side who have already been relegated to the FUFA Big League.
The build-up to the game has been highlighted by the fact that Villa will be without a head coach for the game.
Douglas Bamweyana who has been in charge since late November was shown the exit on Thursday leaving Simon Mugerwa, his assistant in charge.
The departure of Bamweyana with just a game to play only signifies the sort of season Villa have had and regardless of the result on Saturday, no smiles are expected on the Villa faithful.
For Nyamityobora, they are already preparing for life back in the second tier after they were relegated over a fortnight ago.
The sort of season that the Mbarara based side have endured will be haunting them back into the second tier. Two games into the Campaign, the then newbies suspended their Captain Henry Wamala along with two other players, over allegations of match-fixing.
From then, the club never became stable as players consistently went on strikes and other forcing moves away from the Ben Misagga financed side.
In the 7 months that Nyamityobora have been in the top flight, they have used up to three coaches. James Odoch who guided them to promotion was fired before the end of the first round, up stepped Asaph Mwebaze who also threw in the towel just months into the role, handing the ruins over to Alex Isabirye.
By the time of Isabirye’s arrival, it was adamant Nyamityobora would play in the Big League the following season, a situation that the former Uganda Cranes international turned into reality.
This will be only the second meeting between the two sides as Nyamityobora were only elevated to the top tier last year.
In their first encounter earlier in the season, SC Villa edged Nyamityobora 1-0 at Wankulukuku.
Villa go into the game having won only two of their last 10 League games (D4 L4).
At home, Villa have been equally unimpressive, winning only one of their last 5 (D2 L2).
At home to the two other relegated sides, Villa have manged four points out of a possible six, defeating Paidha and then drawing with Ndejje.
For Nyamityobora, they head into the game having lost all of their last four games in the League.
Away from home, the Abanyakare have lost all of their last five games, conceding 12 goals whilst scoring just three.
Away to the other two ‘VEK’ sides, Nyamityobora have lost both games, losing 6-1 to KCCA and then 2-1 to Express.
Match Officials for the game
–Center Referee: Lucky Kasalirwe
–Assistant Referee 1: Mustapha Mafumu
–Assistant Referee 2: Michael Kyeyune
–Fourth Official: George ‘Brown’ Nkurunziza
–Referee Assessor: Elias Kaggwa
Other match-day 30 games
–Mbarara City Vs Police – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara
–KCCA Vs Maroons – Star Times Stadium, Lugogo
–Vipers Vs BUL – St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
–Kirinya-Jinja S.S Vs Ndejje University – Mighty Arena, Jinja
–Tooro United Vs URA – Kavumba Recreational Stadium
–Bright Stars Vs Paidha Black Angels – Champions Stadium, Mwererwe
–Onduparaka vs Express FC – Green Light Stadium, Arua