Sports Club Villa without a doubt put up their best performance of the 2018/2019 StarTimes Uganda Premier season, it came with a 3-1 win over holder Vipers Sports Club at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
It was Villa’s third in a season that has produced ups and downs for the record league holders, from the playing to technical staff, they have made changes in a bid to steady the sinking ship.
What makes the win even sweeter for Villa is the fact that they ended Vipers unbeaten run in the league but also the club’s 33 run was brought to an end.
Before kickoff Karim Nizigiyimana waved to the waiting fans as he a got a rarely start at the right flank, having been unveiled by the club just last night.
Villa striker Bashir Mutunda was seen giving defending tips to Derrick Ndahiro and Asuman Alishe before doing the same to Sulaiman Majanjalo.
Left back Ndahiro was named alongside Alishe at the heart of defense by Douglas Bamweyana.
In the first minute of the game, Vipers goalie Fabian Mutombora lost possession, Emmanuel Kalyowa couldn’t capitalize as his effort was fired wide.
A minute later, Pius Wangi’s solo run from the right couldn’t be finished by Mutanda, Mutombora saved.
It wasn’t going to be long before Villa found a breakthrough, Mutanda picked possession from his own half and took on the Vipers midfield and defense combined.
He accurately picked Wangi who found Charles Lwanga, in tight angle and empty net, he took his opportunity and gave Villa the lead after just eight minutes.
Vipers faltered again and gave away a corner, Ashraf Mandela swung in a teasing one, Wangi headed it past the out of position Mutombora for the second after just 16 minutes.
Nizigiyimana swung in one on 26 minutes, the address was Tito Okello whose header hit the woodwork before unmarked Innocent Wafula sent his effort over the bar
Six minutes to the break, Villa failed to deal with Nizigiyimana’s free kick, Okello pounded it home, 2-1, it’s how the first half ended.
Villa made a change at the start of the second half, Joseph Ssemujju replaced the injured Wangi, the later pulled a hamstring towards the break.
Four minutes in the second stanza, Vipers gave away a sloppy free kick, Emmanuel Kalyowa’s well weighed free kick was headed home by Ssemujju to make it 3-1.
Both teams started ringing the changes, Vipers introduced striker Hamis Kizza Diego for Okello, they badly needed to get back into the game.
Villa responded by bringing on attacking midfielder Albert Mugisa for Lwanga, before Vipers’ Abraham Ndugwa replaced Rahmat Ssenfuka.
Mike Sserumaga was introduced late in the game for Mutanda whose number for a goal was evident despite not getting on the score sheet.
It was the first time they trailed 3-1 at home, URA being the last team to defeat Vipers at Kitende could only score two, they came from down to win the tie 2-1 in November 2017.
Villa take their points tally to 18 and climb to 12th on the 16 team log, Vipers maintain the second place on 37 points, four behind KCCA FC who drew 0-0 with Bright stars.