By Allan Damba
It remains to be seen what Tuesday’s age-old Kampala derby will present on the pitch. It is no longer as coveted as it was 15-20 years back as it has over the years lost some of the bites.
Then, it was two heavyweights, two masters of the jungle seeking for superiority, two kingpins facing off.
Anxiety levels would shoot to the sky, players would hardly have any sleep prior, panic buttons would be pressed, the host stadium would flood blue and yellow a cool couple of hours to kick-off.
The city would pause at least for the next 90 minutes. Bar owners would make their best sales all day all night, and the city would never sleep.
This was no ordinary game; fans of either team interlocked in verbal and physical contests, each of them would virtually claim the bragging rights regardless of the later final result.
The Kampala derby was an exceptional, distinctive and an extra-special derby.
The battle that had so many other battles had Villa always triumph outside the pitch. In the verbal warfare, her fans somehow always found a way of silencing their counterparts in the yellow corner.
But that was then; recently, the script has flipped with KCCA dominating and sweeping their rivals off the pitch. Villa have failed to turn up often over the last ten years.
The Jogoo last won against the Kasasiro Boys in 2017, and will host the first derby of the 2020/21 season at the Bombo Military Barracks Grounds.
Tomorrow’s visitors have since beaten their giant-foe four times with last season’s 4-1 mauling capping a period of dominance for the boys in yellow.
In fact, to properly put KCCA’s dominance in this fixture; since 2012, the visitors have picked up nine wins, five draws and just a single loss.
Head coach, Edward Kaziba’s boys will look to activate the revenge-button. To them, a win against the Lugogo based outfit should present an early Christmas present.
The 16-time champions have had a mixed run of results this season. They shared spoils with BUL FC on the opening day of the season, they were impressive against Mbarara FC before surrendering to URA on Saturday.
Having had a perfect start to the season with wins against Bright Stars, Onduparaka and a 2-0 victory over Mbarara FC on Friday last week, KCCA sit on top of the summit.
An away win for head coach, Mike Mutebi’s free-flowing side against their foes will have them tighten their grip on this season’s title challenge.
That said, this particular one promises a hugs and kisses derby than a battlefront.