Bashir Mutanda has taken the StarTimes Uganda Premier League top scorer chart by storm with nine goals in 13 outings.
Especially since he was considered a liability by former bosses Vipers who loaned him to Kirinya Jinja SSS before making a permanent move to sleeping giants SC Villa.
It’s right to say that ‘Mutanda is Villa and Villa is Mutanda’ when you look at the love affair between the two this season. His abilities in front of goal are of a hungry lion that also must feed its family.
“I’m going to continue scoring goals, with two games to go I’ll be top scorer in the first round,” Mutanda told www.football-256.com.
“I’m looking forward to scoring atleast 12 goals before the end of the first round and over 20 by the end of the season,” he added.
SC Villa and Mutanda walk different paths in terms of success. Whereas the Villa goal poacher is doing his job, The Jogoos are going through dark days.
The 16 time league champions have registered more draws and loses than victories, finding themselves at position number 12 on the 16 team log.
Mutanda who relates his goal scoring spree to the chance given by Villa believes its possible to change their story in the second half of the season.
“We’ve been working as a team though things have not been good, but we’ve improved our performance. If we continue working in this trend, the positive results will come.”
Mutanda didn’t enjoy life at Vipers and Kirinya Jinja SSS like he is at Villa, he has managed to overcome a goal drought his legs faced during Kitende days when played as a right winger.
He managed five goals for the Jinja side in the second half of the 2016/2017 season as a false nine.
SC Villa has been a beneficiary of former Coach Moses Basena’s decision to entrust him with a main striker position.
As a result Mutanda has become loyal to men in Blue and does not see himself playing for any other club in Uganda, at least not now.
“They’ve given me playing time and at the moment I am repaying them. Apart from Villa, I can’t play for any team in Uganda. My next move is for professional football.”
SC Villa has played in total 13 games and have registered two wins, seven draws and four loses. They will host BUL FC on 5th January at the Mandela National Stadium.
Whereas Mutanda’s immediate rival Joel Madondo with eight goals, together with his team Kirinya Jinja SS will host URA at the Mighty Arena the same date.