By Allan Damba
On an evening that saw SC Villa take on Mbarara City FC in her first home encounter of the 2020/2021 StarTimes Uganda Premier League, head coach, Edward Kaziba didn’t hesitate to use a number of his summer recruits, fielding four of them from the start.
Goalkeeper, Meddie Kibirige who was acquired from the relegated side, Tooro United kept a clean sheet on his home debut, Goffin Oyirworth was superb as well claiming his first assist of the season; setting up another new purchase, Isaac Ogwang for a third of the match.
The latter had initially grabbed his first in his new home, a well-taken goal in the 31st minute, all much to the delight of the gaffer; “Today we played our first home game, it was good we won 3-0.”
“The start was generally awesome, especially today that we fielded our new players; Goffin and Ssekiganda played well, Ogwang has been the man of the match, so I’m impressed,” added a visibly delighted Kaziba.
He further hoped they could make more performances like this,” I hope by the time we play the next matches; we’ll even be better.”
“It’s a good gesture that we now have four points, we want to win more games, and we will iron the few glitches in our team.”
“We want to perform better than last season and we’re hopeful,” the Villa boss reiterated after further questions on what the team’s goals are this season.
Derrick Ndahiro scored the first of the evening from the spot after a foul by a Mbarara City goalkeeper Muhammad Ssekebba on Goffin Oyirwoth.
The youngster had a chance to grab a brace in the 70th minute after a foul on Oyirworth by the custodian, but he failed to tuck it away, albeit, the damage had already been done.
Villa now sit third on the 16-team log after two games with four points, two behind leaders KCCA and second-placed UPDF.
They will however receive bigger tests as they play three rivals in the next three fixtures in URA FC, KCCA, and Express FC.
The Ankole Lions on the other hand slipped to 11th with just a point in their two outings. They will visit the league leaders on Friday this week in what promises to be an even bigger mountain to climb.