SC Villa walked away with two goals and three points in their 2-1 win over Mbarara City on Wednesday night in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
But it had nothing to do with their effort and hard but everything to with Mbarara City goalkeeper Ali Kimera who was in a giving mood.
When SC Villa were struggling and failing to ask the right question, Kimera offered the marking guide after 37 minutes.
With Mbarara’s possession in his custody, his cheeky pass for skipper of the day Zaid Byekwaso instead landed on the chest of Albert Mugisa.
The villa midfielder capitalized and slotted home, leaving Kimera dejected and coach Livingstone Mbabazi speechless.
Mbarara defense was barely troubled by Ronald Mukwala, Emmanuel Kalyowa and company while Bashir Mutanda and Pius Wangi sat on the bench.
After recess, Mbarara City looked like a side that had overcome the first time experience of playing under floodlights.
Jude Ssemugabi caught Villa’s defenders Moses Kiggundu and Habi Kavuma napping before shooting past Said Keni to level matters.
Villa’s midfield of Sulaiman Majanjalo, David Awori, Ambrose Kirya just had on and off moments but still the visitors couldn’t take advantage of that.
With a quarter of an hour left on the clock, John Adriko swung in a cross, Kimera dived not to tame it but to play it in the direction of Ronald Magwali, the latter made no mistake as he gave Villa the lead.
A win takes Villa to 26 points, and climb from 13th to 12th on the 16 team log, on the same number of points with Maroons but with a superior goal difference.