Mbarara City FC head into their away tie against SC Villa at the Mandela National stadium, Namboole, on a high after comfortably edging Proline FC 3-0 on the opening weekend.
Paul Mucureezi’s brace, and a cool finish from Brian Ahebwa ensured that the Ankole lions spent the opening weekend top of the 16 team log.
Mucureezi, continues to be the team’s top performer since joining the club from KCCA FC at the start of last season, Guiding the Mbarara based side to a third placed finish; the club’s highest finish in their history in his maiden season.
The forward promised silverware as he returned to his home town side. And his new found stature at the club could be aided with the arrival of Ahebwa.
The youngster has so much to go with his immense talent and he showed that during pre-season. If the pair can conjure up more consistent performances, then Mucureezi’s promise of silverware could be fulfilled after all.
But their hosts SC Villa, will also have have ambitions of their own heading into the game. The record league champions fell to new comers Kyetume on the opening day at home and they will want to avoid another consecutive home defeat.
Villa seem to be engulfed in the same problems that plagued them last season. A win against Mbarara will go a long way in calming nerves inside camp and from the stands.
Edward Kaziba’s charges will have to step up their game that’s if they are to come up with something positive out of tomorrow’s tie against Mbarara City.
The Jogoos will be praying hard that their talisman Bashir Mutanda reflects on his last season’s performance where he scored 13 goals. He has recently looked out of shape and abit over weight since he returned.
Ironically, the last time these two sides met, was under the flood lights at Namboole. It will be similar conditions this time round again.
Villa however, should not expect to get as lucky this time round. Then Mbarara keeper Ali Kimera had a night to forget as two haulers gifted Villa a dramatic 2-1 victory.
The victory played a huge part as Villa survived relegation. So did it bring an abrupt end to Kimera’s time at the club.