Uganda Premier League record holders SC Villa will look to fend off strong opposition from Wasswa Bbosa’s Modern Gaddafi FC in their first meeting this season.
The Sunday bout will be the first time the Jogoo hosts matches at the Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku (home to arch-rivals Express FC) in history.
Villa has been lambasted for making up to 20 new signings, most of whom are hugely inexperienced at the biggest stage in Ugandan football.
Despite that fact, the new faces can be considered eager and hungry to showcase their abilities, now that the platform has been provided.
However, they take on a side coached by the highly versed Bbosa, who has added to his ranks relatively great players, in Elvis Ngondwe, Brian Kalumba, Simon Sserunkuma, Mahad Yaya, Kakooza Shafik Bakaki among others.
Gaddafi has had enough preparation as a team, having made their signings quite early in the transfer window.
The same can not be said of tomorrow’s home team, who only confirmed their acquisitions on Thursday, days after the transfer window had been closed.
The two sides have only met twice in the top flight, two encounters last season, whose results they shared with a win apiece.
Gaddafi won the first meeting 2-1 courtesy of Hassan Musana and Jamal Buchochera’s penalties. Umar Kyeyune’s own goal provided Villa’s consolation.
In the second encounter played in March, the latter edged it 1-0 in Njeru thanks to a sole Benson Muhindo strike.
That said, each of the sides will be eager to make a positive start to the new campaign, promising mouthwatering action at Wankulukuku.