Record Uganda Premier League champions SC Villa need to regroup quickly after suffering a third successive league defeat, falling at home to Busoga United 1-0 at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Tuesday.
Moses Kiggundu turned the ball into his own goal in the 76th minute of the game, as Villa’s poor run of results which includes defeats to KCCA and URA in their previous games continued.
The loss was Villa’s first home loss since they were defeated by Tooro United at Namboole in April 2019.
Busoga United had condemned Express FC 2-0 on Friday last week, while they had also picked up a 2-1 victory over Villa when they last visited them in March 2019.
The game was lifeless and slow in the opening minutes, as either side failed to put a grip on the game.
However, as the game progressed the visitors Busoga United started to dominate possession more, while Villa still struggled to get out of their blocks.
Youngster Lawrence Tezikya’s pace and willingness to run looked to cause Villa’s defence problems earlier on, and his willingness to chance every ball almost gifted Busoga their first goal, but midfielder Jerome Kirya failed to hit the target after a poor clearance from Villa goalkeeper Saidi Keni.
Keni looked to be an error waiting to happen, as he spilt a couple of other balls into dangerous areas, but Busoga still failed to capitalize on such errors, while on other occasions, Villa defenders were on hand to clear the danger.
It took the Jogoo half an hour to finally grow into the game, as they created a couple of good chances. David Owori failed to connect well with Derrick Ndahiro’s cross, while forward Nicolas Kabonge’s header fizzled just past the upright at the stroke of half time.
Abbey Kikomeko’s men continued their dominance into the second stanza, dominating proceedings especially in the centre of the park.
David Bagoole running the show and keeping his team on the front foot, he almost gave them the lead, but his shot from inside the area was way off target.
In the 62nd minute, Bashir Mutanda was introduced for Ronald Magwaali, and the striker almost made an instant impact with his first touch, as his right-footed shot hit the upright.
With just a quarter of an hour to play, Villa’s worst fears were realized, defender Moses Kiggundu turning Ivan Wani’s low shot into his own net.
The Jogoo pushed for an equalizer, but they lacked the punch in the final third to hurt Busoga United, as they fell to their third consecutive loss, after going 13 games unbeaten before that.
Busoga now climb to sixth on the log, on 24 points from 17 games, three points behind SC Villa who are fifth on 27 points.
Villa makes the trip to Kitende to visit log leaders Vipers SC on Friday, while Busoga United return home to host Mbarara City at the Mighty Arena, Jinja.