Mutanda rescues SC Villa from Ndejje’s snare
BOMBO | Where would SC Villa be without Bashir Mutanda’s goals? Without much ado, at the bottom of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table with a point from 11 games.
The forward, tied on seven goals with Kirinya JSS’s Joel Madondo, has scored a goal in each of the last five games for the Blues. And, barring the 3-2 loss at Namboole to KCCA FC on November 11, Mutanda has been the gift that keeps giving the Jogoos.
Although his penalty miss against Maroons last week cost the struggling league record champions victory, it was his goal that salvaged a point for Villa just as well as it was his goal that shot down Nyamityobora at Wankulukuku for the club’s only league victory so far.
On Tuesday, the Jogoos stormed Arena of Visions in Bombo hoping to peck and pick out Ndejje University students for a much-needed three points, but they walked straight into a snare with sharp spikes. Ndejje, on were looking to beat and leapfrog Villa above the relegation zone.
Raymond Odokonyero’s 15th minute goal set SC Villa back into chasing the game. Although impressive as they always are with possession, Villa have showed what cancer has eaten into them all season as they struggled in front of goal where they continue to be over reliant on Mutanda’s poaching instincts.
Douglas Bamweyana had recalled Albert Mugisa Albert — suspended against Maroons — to his starting lineup to try and bolster efforts to bring down the club the midfielder helped promote last season.
But the university students grounded their feet and refused to be intimidated, with battles on the ball and the bench that saw referee Emmanuel Kiweewa show his namesake Emmanuel Wasswa the red with 12 minutes to go with the player already substituted.
It wasn’t until the hour mark that Mutanda, who said before the game that he wanted to score to push ahead with his dream of winning the golden boot, levelled matters for the visitors to ensure Bamweyana is yet to taste defeat in SC Villa dugout.
The former Express tactician took over at Villa Park after Moses Basena threw in the towel and has not lost in three, on top of handing Villa their only league win this season in his first match with the club.
The record champions remain just a point above the drop zone with nine points from 11 games. They host arch-rivals Express FC at Namboole in their next fixture.
Maroons match on
In other games, Rashid Agau’s brace either side of the recess left Nyamityobora wondering how long before they look at the league table and not see a red L.
Juma Dada had given the Ankole side the lead just before the half hour mark but Agau responded with a brace to give Maroons the maximum points and lift the Luzira-based side above SC Villa and Ndejje University into 12th place.
Maroons approached the game on the back of a new sponsorship kitty worth millions of shillings. The Prisons side let it known to George ‘Best’ Nsimbe and his assistant David Obua that the time for struggling had to end.
It was as well good that the two coaches took to the ‘new era’ with a home fixture against a side that is increasingly looking relegated before the season even gets to half way mark.
Elsewhere in Mbarara, Ibrahim Orit’s 28th minute strike ensured that the milkmen continued their impresive home run with a 1-0 defeat of Tooro United.
The win keeps Mbarara in fourth place, level on 20 points with Onduparaka, who were tamed by BUL FC in Jinja.
Debutants Paidha Black Angels were also beaten by Kirinya JSS and remain rooted at the foot of the table with just four points from 11 games.