SC Villa ended KCCA’s perfect start to the 2020/2021 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season as they registered a 2-1 victory over rivals KCCA since October 2017 in the Kampala derby at the Bombo Barracks Stadium on Tuesday.
Nicholas Kabonge and Ronald Ssekiganda’s goals secured victory for the Jogoo while Brian Aheebwa scored late from the penalty spot for KCCA FC.
The game carried a lot of significance for SC Villa as it came a day after club legend Majidu Musisi’s 15-year anniversary since his death. The club remembered the fallen legend before kickoff.
KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi made one change to his team, handing defender Samuel Kato his first start of the season ahead of Peter Magambo.
While SC Villa’s Edward Kaziba made no changes to his line up but welcomed back striker Benson Muhindo who only made the bench.
It was sombre viewing for the opening minutes of the game as KCCA seemed to struggle with the playing surfaces, while SC Villa were timid to force the issue.
As KCCA’s struggles on the ball continued, the Jogoo started to dominate the game but scoring chances were far between from both sides.
Brian Aheebwa had the biggest opportunity infront of goal, after robbing Amir Kakomo of possession in the midfield, but his shot from outside the box floated wide off the target.
KCCA also nearly benefitted from a poor clearance by Derrick Ndahiro, but goalkeeper Meddie Kibirige saved his blushes.
Villa then took the lead in the 33rd minute, Kabonge’s shot beating a stunned Charles Lukwago.
Mutebi’s charges started the second half with more pomp, using the wide spaces to create in roads behind the Villa defenders, but Ashraf Mugume and Brian Aheebwa failed to utilise their opportunities.
The Jogoo could have added a second with 55 minutes played, as Ndahiro’s deep cross met Isaac Ogwang at the far post but his lobbed effort missed the target by inches.
KCCA pressed on for a leveller, but were wasteful in the crucial moments. Kezironi Kizito put his effort way over the bar, while Meddie Kibirige reacted well off his line to thwart Aheebwa.
With four minutes to play, Muhindo’s weak cross from the left was poorly cleared and fell into the path of Ssekiganda who looped his effort beyond Lukwago for his first goal for the club.
Aheebwa was brought down by Moses Kiggundu in the 90th minute and the referee pointed to the spot. Aheebwa stepped up to score past Kibirige.
The victory not only ended KCCA’s perfect start, but also meant they relinquished top spot, as they fell into second behind Police who won their game against Busoga United.
Villa meanwhile climb to fifth place on the 16-team log with seven points from four games. They travel to the Betway Muteesa II Stadium to visit another rival Express FC on Saturday.
KCCA meanwhile, host Uganda Revenue Authority on Friday at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
KCCA FC XI: Charles Lukwago (GK)(C), Denis Iguma, Samuel Katon, Hassan Musana, Samson Kigozi, Stefano Mazengo, Keziron Kizito, Ashraf Mugume, Herbert Achai, Brian Aheebwa
Subs: Hassan Matovu (GK), Ali Mwirusi (GK), Filbert Obenchan, Charles Lwanga, Peter Magambo, Ivan Kalanzi
SC Villa XI: Meddie Kibirige (GK), Gavin Kizito, Derrick Ndahiro, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Harishe (C), Amir Kakomo, Goffin Oyirwoth, Emmanuel Wasswa, Isaac Ogwanga, Ronald Ssekiganda, Nicholas Kabonge
Subs: Martin Ssenkooto, Benson Muhindo, Faizal Muwawu, Abdallah Salim, Fred Agandu, Fahad Badiro, Abdallah Ssekandi