By Allan Damba
The biggest and perhaps best rivalry in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League returns when SC Villa host Express FC in the second of their meetings this season.
Over the past decade, we have witnessed classic matches between these two rivals and on Wednesday, a new chapter in the derby will be written at the Bombo Barracks Stadium in Bombo.
In this episode, the fight for bragging rights will have limitations as only a few supporters will be granted access to Stadium in observance of the COVID-19 guidelines.
While speaking to the media, Express coach Wasswa Bbosa who has felt the heat of the derby in either clubs dugouts stresed that the derby still carried as much significance while highlighting that his side is up for the task.
“We have prepared so well since our Uganda cup win (against Kyetume FC). We have corrected our mistakes, we need to score more goals and we’ve done enough practice to improve that aspect,” Bbosa said in his pre-match comments.
“We take tomorrow’s match as a huge one, we know it’s one of the biggest games in the country. Villa has good players and coaches, we respect them. But, we have done thorough preparations going to Bombo,” stressed Bbosa.
The reverse fixture in December 2020 at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium saw the Express edge their blue rivals 1-0 courtesy of Geroge Ssenkaba’s lone strike.
However, in the last five encounters, Villa has dominated the encounter, emerging victorious on three occasions, losing and drawing the others.
It should as well be noted that unlike the past seasons where Villa were involved in the title talk, this time round, the mix involves the Red Eagles rather than the latter.
The Wankulukuku boys sit third with 35 points on the log after an impressive season so far. Only four points separates them with joint leaders Vipers SC and URA FC.
Edward Kaziba’s Jogoo on the other side lie sixth with 28 points and victory could push them up to fourth as they seek to keep their slim title hopes alive.
For Express, striker George Ssenkaba and left back Arthur Kiggundu remain unavailable. Godfrey Lwesibawa sat out their Uganda Cup second leg against Kyetume FC in Wankulukuku and it remains unclear if he’ll pass a late fitness test.
Record holders Villa will need the experience of captain Emmanuel Wasswa and will hope Derrick Ndahiro continues to shine after scoring against MYDA FC in their last league outing.