Uganda Premier League record Champions SC Villa will once again go in search of their first victory in the new year when they host Busoga United on Tuesday 13th January at Namboole.
The Jogoo disappointingly lost 2-0 away to rivals URA FC, while Busoga United picked maximum points at home to Express FC.
The defeat to URA meant that the Jogoo registered back to back losses for the first time since March 2019.
It is also the first time Villa have lost by two or more goals without scoring, a run dating back to May 2016, when they lost 3-0 still against URA.
Edward Kaziba has steadily balanced the team since he came in, guiding the club to a 13 game unbeaten run in the first round, their joint second-longest unbeaten run since they went 21 games without a defeat between November 2014 and September 2017.
Kaziba will be looking at getting a reaction from his charges when they return to Namboole, warning that complacency might through what looked like a good season to the dogs.
“We put up very good performances in the first round, but that is not reason enough to take things for granted, we have to remember where we were a season ago,” Kaziba told www.football256.com.
Against URA, Villa was not spared the disappointment of having to make last-minute changes to their line up, as some of the players had to be ejected for failing to have their licenses availed before kick-off.
But there is some good news ahead of the Busoga tie, with midfielders Amir Kakomo and Nicolas Kabonge cleared to play.
Defender Gavin Kizito is away to Asia for trials but Charles Lwanga, and Mukisa Lincoln could make the team pending clearance, while Bashir Mutanda may also make his return from a knee injury.
Abbey Kikomeko, on the other hand, may also have as little to worry about regarding absentees and will be buoyed by the manner in which his team seemed to have adapted quickly to life without talisman Joel Madondo.
Club top scorer Boban Zirintusa was on the scoresheet again with his sixth of the season against Express. While he did not have a similar influence to the team’s general play from the false nine role, he gave the team presence in front of goal.
Ivan Wani was a menace against Express with his pace and trickery and scored his first goal of the season, while David Bagoole seems to be getting back to the level he was at last season.
Both sides played to a 1-1 draw when they met in the first round, but Busoga United picked up a 2-1 victory over SC Villa when they last visited Namboole in March 2019.