UPL: Villa’s survival status in turmoil

By Clive Kyazze
Football 256 News
Douglas Bamweyana (L) and his player Habib Kavuma (M) and David Owori look dejected after a bad outing at Namboole / Daily Monitor Image

SC Villa’s chances of surviving relegation in the 2018/2019 StarTimes Uganda Premier League hit another snug after losing 2-1 against Tooro United on Tuesday at Namboole.

A Tooro United side that had gone days without training because they lacked facilitation, showed a lot of resilience against the 16 time league champions.

Villa got into an early lead after just eight minutes, Ambrose Kirya swerved Joseph Ssemujju’s effort past Joel Mutakubwa, 1-0 Villa led.

Habib Kavuma, Shafik Bakaki and Ashraf Mandela looked suspect in a back three that was protected by Asuman Alishe in midfield.

And a minute into the second stanza, Baker Buyala brushed past Villa’s custodian Yusuf Wasswa to level matters off an astray cross.

On the other side, Ronald Magwali, Pius Wangi and Joseph Ssemujju did little to bother the visitors’ defence.

All Villa needed was a point to secure the top flight status, Allan Kayiwa had other plans on his mind as he nodded home Musa Mukasa’s cross. Again Villa’s back three exposed and Wasswa left with little to do.

Villa remain 13th on 31 points, 14th placed Ndejje play Onduparaka on Wednesday in Luwero, a win for the latter will take them two points behind Villa.

Giving the league climax a tense ending as Villa will host already relegated Nyamityobora needing nothing less than a draw to stay off.

All that drama can be avoided though if Ndejje fails to pick all three points against Onduparaka, then Villa will be safe. 

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