The present meets the past, is the story that best describes the crunch meeting between Sports Club Villa and Wakiso Giants, at the Mandela National stadium, Namboole, tomorrow evening under the flood lights.
SC Villa are the record champions of the Star Times Uganda Premier league, while Wakiso are embarking on their maiden season in the top flight, after gaining promotion from the FUFA Big league last season.
On the flip side, the Purple Sharks are the model club and best describe the 21st century club, and what football administration ought to be, while the Jogoo are the club of the year’s past, with their glory years surely behind them, as they are currently run by an interim committee.
Either teams seek to be where the other is, with Wakiso envy of Villa’s success and history, while Villa wish they can replicate the organization and environment at Wakiso.
On the pitch however, they will not leave anything to chances, as either will want to get the better of their opponents and take the bragging rights over the other.
Villa look rejuvenated this season, going their last six games in the league without defeat, since their opening day loss to another newly promotes side Kyetume FC, ironically at Namboole under flood lights as well.
At this stage last season, Villa were winless, drawing just four of their games. This season however, they have already won thrice in the league, and kept two clean sheets already. They have the intensity about their play that has been as impressive about them as well.
The visitors on the other hand have had an indifferent start to their season, winning three games, drawing once and losing three of their seven games so far. They have already shown their mantle, beating up on the league’s more established sides URA and Tooro United.
But they have been less than impressive on the road, as they are yet to pick up an away victory with only a draw against Bright Stars the only time, they have avoided defeat on the road.
The Jogoo and the Purple Sharks have never met in their history, but they do share quite a lot in common. For starters, Villa’s assistant coach Ibrahim Kirya was the man responsible for guiding Wakiso to promotion, while eleven of Wakiso’s players have had stints at Villa park previously.
There was sad news for the Purple Sharks, as midfielder Ayub Kisaliita was ruled out of the game after injuring his knee during training. Talisman Krizestom Ntambi is also ruled out of the game through injury.
The pair join long term absentees, captain Yasin Mugabi and Yasin Mugume on the sidelines. However, left back Aggrey Madoi could as well miss the game as he is still recovering from an illness.
Last season’s club top scorer and tops marksman Bashir Mutanda could also miss the game as he recovers from a muscle injury, while left back Yayo Lutimba continues his recovery from his injury, and will miss the game.
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