Uganda Premier League
SC Villa vs KCCA FC
Bombo Military Barracks Stadium, Bombo
Tuesday, 15-12-2020 @4pm
It is expected to be fire-works on Tuesday when SC Villa hosts KCCA FC at the Bombo Military Barracks Stadium in Bombo.
Although Villa has declined in the past decade or so, this match tends to bring out the best of emotions in both sets of players and fans.
The rivalry might not be as intense as it was between 1981 and 1992, when the two won all the league titles in that period, but it (rivalry) still exists especially among the fans.
After Villa finished 3rd last season, some think they should be genuine contenders for the title this season.
For KCCA FC, they have been strong favourites for the Crown in each of the last 10 and have gone on to win it five times.
This season, they have won all of their opening three games and sit joint top of the standings along with surprise package, UPDF FC.
With a 100% record, they head into Tuesday’s game as slight favourites to take all three points but their head coach Mike Mutebi anticipates a hard match.
“They (Villa) have had a very good run, they have picked up points so it is going to be a hard match especially that we are going to be playing away from home. Mutebi noted in his pre-match press conference.
“The rivalry is still strong because these are two traditional clubs who are the most successful in the country.”
They are indeed the two most successful clubs in Ugandan football, winning 29 of the overall 51 league title, between them.
Playing away from home will not be too much of an issue for the Kasasiros as Villa too are not actually at home.
The Jogoos usually host their games at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole but due to unavoidable circumstances, they were forced to move to Bombo.
It is understood that the Jogoos have asked the Federation of Uganda Football Association to allow them have, at least, 200 fans in the stadium but it is yet to be known whether their request will be granted.
Speaking about the fact that fans are slowly being allowed back into the stadium, with KCCA allowed 200 (fans) in their home games, Mutebi had this to say.
“Fans help players because they boost them and help them play better. Said Mutebi.
“The players love to play in front of them and it is a good thing that they are slowly coming back into the stadium. ”
Ahead of tha game, KCCA will be without Moses Aliro and Juma Balinya who were injured against Mbarara City FC. They are also still minus Gift Ali and Julius Poloto who are long term absentees. Sadat Anaku is also still recovering and he is expected to sit out again.
For Villa who have taken four points from their opening three games, they are expected to continue to be without Benson Muhindo and goalkeeper Saidi Keni.
This will be the 20th time the two sides meet since November 2012.
In the past 19 games, KCCA FC have been dominant, winning 9, losing just two and drawing the other 9.
Last season, KCCA FC hammered Villa 4-1 in the only meeting between the two sides as the second was cancelled due to Coronavirus.
Villa have won only one of their last seven home games against KCCA FC (D3 L3).
The Jogoos head into the game having lost only two of their past 13 games in all competitions (W9 D2).
At home, they have won all their past five games, scoring 9 goals and conceding just two in the process.
For KCCA FC, they come into the game unbeaten in their last 10 games (W7 D3).
Away from home, they have lost only one of their past 7 games (W5 D1).
The other games to be played on Tuesday @4pm
-Bright Stars FC vs MYDA FC
-BUL FC vs URA FC
-Onduparaka FC vs Wakiso Giants FC
-Police FC vs Busoga United FC
Wednesday’s fixtures @4pm
-Kyetume FC vs UPDF FC
-Mbarara City FC vs Express FC
-Vipers SC vs Kitara FC