Busoga United hold SC Villa in Jinja

Busoga United picked up their fourth consecutive stalemate following their 1-1 draw against SC Villa at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru on Tuesday evening.

Busoga United are yet to win a game this season, but they very much fancied their chances going into the game against Villa who they had not lost against at home since 2017.

And the belief that perhaps their first victory of the season could come against Villa showed right from the start of the game as they matched their more fancied visitors punch for punch.

While the Jogoo carried a bit more threat in the opening 10 minutes, it is the hosts who took the lead after 11 minutes.

Douglas Muwanga leapt above the Villa defenders to power a header past Muhamad Kibirige who started ahead of Saidi Keni.

But their lead did not last as Villa pulled level five minutes later, Isaac Ogwang powering a shot for his third goal of the season since his bitter move to Villa in August.

Ogwang, making his seventh start for the Jogoo pounced on Ronald Ssekiganda’s flick-on at the edge of the box to score for the first time since bagging a brace against Mbarara in December 2020.

Villa kept their hunt for the lead and had a couple of close chances, but their build-up play was void of creativity and purpose as often they made rash decisions or chose the safer options.

Busoga United themselves didn’t fare any better in terms of possession in the first half but for a side that has collected just four points from eight games and have lost four of their opening eight games, it was a little bit good enough for them.

The second half started on a similar note as the first. Both sides happy to have the ball in deeper positions but every time they ventured into attack, it was slow and purposeless.

To further consolidate his team’s solidity at the back, Busoga United coach Abbey Kikomeko brought one Shafiq Kakeeto for Franco Onen.

SC Villa’s Edward Kaziba had a different idea as he decided to bring off goal scorer Isaac Ogwang and Amir Kakomo for Fahad Kazibwe and Abdallah Salim.

While Salim had inspired their come back against Wakiso Giants last week, his introduction did not create the intended spark as it is Busoga who had the better chances but squandered them.

The point collected lifts Villa into fourth a poi t above URA who play on Wednesday, while Busoga United close the gap on rivals BUL Bidco FC who now lie just two points above them in 13th.

Villa will return to action with a home tie against UPDF FC in Bombo while Busoga United are away to URA FC in Ndejje on Saturday.

Busoga United XI: Rogers Omedwa (GK), Franco Onen, George William Kalyowa, Douglas Muwanga, Aboubakari Otwao, Franco Magero, Gerald Bagoole, Jeromy Kirya, Paul Ssekulima, Shaka Ssozi, Isaac Wagoina

Subs: Ali Kimera, Ashraf Batwawulira, Anthony Mayanja, Edwin Opaala, Benda Byron, Shafiq Kakeeto

SC Villa XI: Muhamad Kibirige, Joseph Nsubuga, Derrick Ndahiro, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Harishe (C), Amir Kakomo, Muhamad Ssenoga, Emmanuel Wasswa, Isaac Ogwang, Ronald Ssekiganda, Nicolas Kabonge

Subs: Saidi Keni, Salim Abdallah, Goffin Oyirwoth, Saddam Masereka, Fahad Kazibwe, Ssekiranda

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