Uganda Premier League
SC Villa 2-1 Bright Stars FC
Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
NAMBOOLE – Substitute Benson Muhindo was the star of the show as SC Villa came from a goal down to overcome Bright Stars FC 2-1 at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole on Friday.
The forward who replaced Yayo Lutimba midway through the second half, assisted Emmanuel Wasswa’s equalizer before netting what proved to be the winner, in the end.
Off an Ibrahim Kibumba corner, Muhindo headed in Villa’s second on 75 minutes. This was after crossing for Wasswa to level matters 10 minutes earlier.
Bright Stars FC who totally collapsed in the second half, had taken a first half lead through Jamil Karisa who latched onto a Joseph Janjali through-pass before slotting past the stranded Saidi Keni.
It is a game that saw Villa return to winning ways after losing 2-1 away to BUL FC last weekend.
They looked second best for almost the entire opening period as Bright Stars dominated the contest and looked more comfortable and composed in possession.
After taking the lead, Paul Kiwanuka’s side had chances to increase their advantage.
Janjali headed wide a Ronald Nkonge cross while Karisa shot over from a good position.
From the resumption of the game, Villa took the initiative.
Ambrose Kirya headed a Wasswa free kick over before Andrew Kyambadde charged down Ronald Magwali’s weak effort.
Magwali then show how failed to head-in Kibumba’s cross after Godwin Bule parried the ball in his ditection while Ndahiro forced the custodian into a decent save.
After Muhindo came on for Lutimba, Villa equalized immediately.
Off a corner, Bernard Muwanga’s clearance fell into the path of Muhindo who cross for Wasswa to head into the far corner, past the stretching Bule.
The winner came off sustained pressure and after Kirya’s shot was deflected out for a corner, Muhindo headed powerfully into the top of the net with Bule was again fully stretched but unable to get onto the ball.
The visitors piled some late pressure on the Villa goal but were unable to create good chances to level the game.
Victory sees Villa consolidate 3rd pot with 43 points from 24 games. The Jogoos are still 10 and 6 points behind leaders Vipers SC and second placed KCCA FC respectively.
For Bright Stars, they remain in 9th with 29 points from 24 games.
In their next fixtures, SC Villa will be away to Tooro United FC while Bright Stars FC hosts Mbarara City FC.
How both teams started
Saidi Kani (GK), Ibrahim Kibumba, Yayo Lutimba, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Harishe, Amir Kakomo, David Owori, Emmanuel Wasswa, Ambrose Kirya, Derrick Ndahiro, Ronald Magwali.
Bright Stars FC
Edwin Bule (GK), Andrew Kaggwa Ronald Nkonge, Bernard Muwanga, Enock Walusimbi, Samuel Ssekitto, Andree Kyambadde, Sulaiman Ssebunza, Joseph Janjali, Muwadda Mawejje, Jamir Kalisa.
The other game played on Friday
-Kyetume FC 3-2 Onduparaka FC