January 24, 2022

SUPL: Express not underrating troubled Villa

By Brian Aheebwa
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Express FC pose for a team photo before they faced Arua Hill on the opening day of the 2021/2022 StarTimes Uganda Premier League / Express FC Image

Amidst all the challenges SC Villa has faced recently, Express FC head coach Wasswa Bbosa believes they are capable of turning up in the derby and cause his side problems.

The two Ugandan football giants will lock horns in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Saturday, November 20 at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.

“The game between Express and Villa is a derby, the biggest game in the league, their current struggles will not matter a lot that I know,” Bbosa told Football256 in an exclusive interview.

“A team that will concentrate more than the other will win and that is how it has always been. Yes they are trying to build a new team using young players and they have had leadership issues but they can cause us problems.”

“We shall definitely not under look them and that is the mentality every player is carrying ahead of the game. Because that is also the best way possible to register a positive result from such an encounter,” he added.

Bbosa will be facing his former employers. He joined Villa for the remainder of the 2016/17 season following his sacking at his current club midway through the campaign.

This writer asked him on whether he has any fond memories of coaching Villa, Bbosa noted that he is pleased that he at one time worked at the most successful football club in Uganda but regrets not winning the 2016/17 league title.

Under his short stint, Villa finished four points behind winners KCCA but Bbosa believes his side was supposed to win that league but they lost it due the internal wrangles from within the club.

“By then I thought I was very capable of winning that league because the players were committed and really worked hard but we were affected by the wrangles between the leaders and thereafter I left the club,” Bbosa noted.

It is believed that the internal management then was fighting against the then president Eng. Ben Misagga which had a toll on the players’ mentality.

Since then Villa has not been the same regards leadership until of late when Hajji Ahmed Omar Mandela has been elected the club president for the second time.

He was unopposed and has the likes of Misagga on his team aiming to take Villa back on top.

Having not started the season with others due to their leadership fracas, the Jogoos have played two games so far winning one against Police and losing the other to Wakiso Giants.

The Petros Koukouras’ coached side find themselves 14th on the 16 team log with three points while their hosts are positioned seven on seven points ahead of the game.

The last meeting between the two powerhouses ended in a goalless stalemate in April, 2021.

Express are boosted by the return of captain Enock Wakusimbi who has missed the previous four games nursing a hip strain injury while striker Godfrey Lwesibawa is back in training.

Meanwhile midfielder Ronald Ssekiganda is yet to play for Villa this season due to an injury but he is now back to light training and when he fully recovers, his experience will boost the young Jogoo squad.

Saturday fixtures

Express vs Villa

URA vs BUL

Onduparaka vs Police

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