Mike Mutebi has dismissed suggestions that KCCA FC’s incredible start to the season gives his side an advantage ahead of the first derby of the season
SC Villa will host arch-rivals KCCA at the Bombo Barracks Grounds in Bombo on Tuesday afternoon, and Mutebi says he expects the game to be incredibly hard for his side.
KCCA have had a perfect start to the season, winning all their three games so far, and have scored an incredible 12 goals – including an 8-0 thumping of Onduparaka at home – conceding just once.
Meanwhile, the Jogoo have had an indifferent start to the season, drawing their first game of the season, going on to win incredibly against Mbarara City and then losing to URA FC on Saturday.
When asked how the Kasasiro Boys would prepare for Tuesday’s meeting with their rather inconsistent rivals, Mutebi said: “We are playing against SC Villa, and SC Villa is SC Villa.”
“It is going to be a tough match as far as we are concerned, especially that we are going to be playing away from home.”
“The rivalry is there because these are traditionally the most successful clubs in the country, so that rivalry will always be there,” Mutebi stated.
“They have started well and picked up good points, they have scored goals as well and it gives them confidence as well.”
“We have had a good run ourselves, we have picked up points, and we are so confident. We have prepared very well for the game and are ready,” he added.
Mutebi has been in charge of nine derbies since he became KCCA head coach in 2015, winning six of those games although his side has lost twice.
KCCA has won four of the last five derbies, including both derbies last season winning 4-1 at home in their last meeting in November 2019, the last meeting between the two before the coronavirus lockdown.
FUFA recently allowed up to 200 fans to attend matches, with fans attending matches for the first time over the weekend, and Mutebi admits that the presence of fans is a welcome spice to the derby.
“It helps the players because they would love to see their fans cheering them on,” Mutebi said, “It lifts them and it also helps them play better.”
“And of course, having fans buy seasonal tickets helps the clubs have another stream of income especially during these times where they have been affected financially.”
KCCA has not won more than three games in a row in the league since Mutebi took charge of the club, and have struggled on the road, losing four of their last 10 games away.
Villa on the other hand has won their last five home games in the league, and have conceded just two goals.