Super sub Nunda header settles feisty city derby to leave Villa in relegation mire
FOOTBALL | Jackson Nunda nodded KCCA FC to the top of the league within 30 seconds of replacing Lawrence Bukenya–to settle a lively derby at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, on Tuesday.
The 60th minute headed goal consigned SC Villa to their fourth defeat in seven outings, leaving the record league champions with early relegation mire on their hands.
Moses Basena took the flak from fans for the Jogoos’ defeat to Mbarara City at the weekend but with the board backing him and condemning the action of the fans who tried to rough up the tactician, he repaid the faith with arguably Villa’s best showing in the league this season.
Where the Jogoos have often appeared timid and cautious in possession and going forward, at Namboole on Tuesday, they threw the sink at their city rivals, pouring forward with as much energy as they defended.
Pius Wangi could have put Villa ahead early on but tamely shot like he was devoid of purpose with a half-volley that he looked more like he was crossing that shooting.
He would repeat the abject attempt at the goalmouth with the scores tied 1-1, this time failing to pounce on Sadam Juma’s fluffed clearance.
But Albert Mugisha was not in the same mood when he powered Villa ahead in the 14th minute to send the sizable crowd of Jogoo supporters on their feet.
For a game of such high tempo with both teams attacking with flair like it was the very last match they will ever play in life, it wasn’t surprising when Julius Poloto tucked home an easy header off the illustrious Timothy Awany layoff three minutes after City went behind.
The Kasasiros almost went into the lead soon after but Filbert Obenchan’s bicycle kick could only fly wide.
For every KCCA attack, Villa seemed to turn the heat in equal measure, but the host weren’t particularly prepared for Manco Kaweesa’s attempt to block an inviting lay off from the right, turning the ball past Brian Bwete to give KCCA the lead.
Mike Mutebi, wearing a cast in his right hand after Sunday night attack by thugs on his home, seized the initiative from then on as Villa appeared rattled by the lead they had conceded.
Mike Mutyaba could have punished the despairing Villa on 37 minutes but he skewed his touch wide with an open goal inviting his finish after Bwete had charged off his lines and failed to clear.
Allan Kyambadde, whose pressure had seen Bwete clear the air, could have as well finished off the near post if he had not been too generous to go for a square pass for Mutyaba.
And SC Villa ensured that Mutebi took his boys back into the dressing ruing Mutyaba’s miss when Shafiq Bakaki’s third long throw-in for the half proved too much to deal with and fell at Bashir Mutanda’s feet. He made no mistake from five yards.
Basena will rue the missed chances in the first half but on the evidence of the showing against the former league champions, Villa will approach the trip against Tooro United with a sense of belief in their destiny.
Bright Stars go second
As BUL fired blanks against a possessive URA in Jinja, Bright Stars were not in similar mood as they plucked off Ndejje University with the patience of a serial killer.
After a blistering 4-1 win over Jinja SS, Bright Stars took their time against the debutants at Arena Vision Stadium in Bombo.
Fred Kajoba’s high flying side took the lead through a Dan Birikwalira finish in the 27th minute before Juma Ssebaduka stretched the lead ten minutes later.
Substitute Kokas Opejo ensured the university students would not dream of any comeback.
The victory lifted Kajoba’s side up to second in the league although Vipers SC, who dropped to fourth, have a game in hand against Express FC on Wednesday.
The league breaks off for international break until November 21. For Bright Stars, KCCA and Kirinya JSS — who held their nerves for a hard fought 1-0 victory over Nyamityobora — the break is well earned, but for Villa, it is time for serious inquest into why results are not forthcoming.
SC Villa 2-3 KCCA
BUL 0-0 URA
Ndejje 0-3 Bright Stars
Nyamityobora 0-1 Kirinya JSS