Villa ease past Lugazi | Stanbic Uganda Cup

By Peter Tabu

S.C Villa’s quest for domestic silverware since 2015 was kept intact after they thrashed lowly ranked Lugazi Municipal 4-1 on Friday evening at Namboole stadium in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 64. 

The Joogos as they are fondly known had to wait until the 30th minute to break the ice, with Bashir Mutanda kick starting the party.

Skipper of the day Habib Kavuma had an inter play with Albert Mugisa before crossing from the left to find Bashir who nodded home.

Two minutes later, Lugazi’s Ojala Devis could have levelled matters for the visitors after a good run on the left but Villa Goalkeeper Samuel Kivumbi was up to the task. 

The miss would prove costly as three minutes later David Owori punished Lugazi with a long range strike after Mutanda cut in on the right before assisting the former. 

Steven Okot could have given Lugazi abit of hope but Kivumbi came to Villa’s rescue again.

The hosts would head into the break with an extra goal courtesy of Ashraf Mandela who met Ndahiro’s cross from the left to slot home and make it 3-0.

After recess, Villa looked to have recharged completely with Mutanda hitting the cross bar five minutes into the second half.

Villa’s tactician Dougals Bamweyana then rang the changes taking off Mutanda for Joseph Semujju, the latter scored with his first touch when he headed home Ndahiro’s corner in the 63rd minute.

Lugazi’s Steven Odeke got the visitors a  consolation fifteen minutes to the end. Bamweyana credits the performance of his team to attitude and hard work.

“The attitude by the players is unbelievable, they keep working hard in training that’s why you see such results,”  Bamweyana told football-256.com. 

The win means Villa who last won the competition in 2015 are into the round of 32 awaiting the draw.

Mbarara City defeated Maroons 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw while Saviour FC didn’t turn up at Wankulukuku where they were supposed to play Water FC. 

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