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Review: Villa pick up emphatic victory over Wakiso Giants

SC Villa forward Ambrose Kirya (11) tries to go past Simon Namwanja in their game against Wakiso Giants at the Mandela national stadium, Lugogo | Sanyuka Media

Sports Club Villa picked up an emphatic 2-0 victory over newly promoted died Wakiso Giants, in their Star Times Uganda Premier League encounter at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Second half goals from Midfielders Amir Kakomo and David Owori ensured the record league champions climb to second on the log, as they continue their impressive start to the 2019/2020 season.

It was end to end action from the start, with either team pushing forward at every opportunity they could afford. Thereby creating goal scoring chances early on.

Wakiso threatened first through forward Vianne Ssekajugo, but goalkeeper Saidi Keni was alert to the danger, to tip the ball over the crossbar. In the seventh minute Villa also created their first opening, but striker Faisal Muwawu was let down by his poor control

As the half hour mark approached, the Purple sharks saw more of possession, with the Jogoo changing approach to try and catch their opponents on the counter attack. Wakiso’s dominance could have paid off, but Ssekajjugo’s shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Keni took one for the team in the 33rd minute, with Ssekajjugo who was played cleanly through on goal, the goalie brought him down as the forward tried to round him up, with the referee dishing out the first card of the game.

Keni pulled off a heroic save from the resultant free kick, before pulling off another difficult save to again deny Ssekajjugo from range.

The game which had calmed down a bit picked up pace as half-time approached. First David Owori agonizingly saw his attempt sail inches wide of the target, before Gavin Kizito’s last ditch tackle denied Abdul Karim Nduggwa.

At the stroke of half time, Villa had their best chance of the game so far, but Muwawu was superbly denied by goalkeeper Derrick Emukule.

Villa were presented with the best chance of the game in the 47th minute, Amir Kakomo’s long range effort was deflected into the path of Owori, but the midfielder blasted his shot way wide of the target.

In the 51st minute, there was no denying Kakomo, as his cracker from 30-yards out flew past Emukule into the back of the net, as Villa grabbed the opener.  

David Owori added Villa’s second, and in emphatic style as well in the 70th minute, lobbying over Emukule who was caught in no man’s land.

Wakiso skipper Fahad Kawooya was showed red following a second yellow card in the 74th minute for dissent. Wakiso tried to get back into the game, and they could have found the back of the net, but Chrizestom Ntambi’s header was too feeble to beat Keni.

Second half substitute Bashir Mutanda came close to adding Villa’s third in the 84th minute, but his shot was inches off target.

Villa managed to hold on for all three points in the end, as they climb to second on the log, on 15 points, one behind leaders BUL Bidco and level with third placed Onduparaka. They make the short trip to Luzira to face Prison’s side Maroons FC on Saturday.

Wakiso Giants winless away run stretches to three points, as they fall to eighth on the log with 10 points from eight games. They return home to Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium, where they host bottom side Proline FC on Saturday.

Wakiso cannot buy an away win.

They say there are a lot of things that money can’t buy, but for all Wakiso’s loads, they seem unable to afford a victory especially on the road.

The purple sharks have so far played three games away from Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium, and have failed to win any. Safe to say that two of those games have come against the bigger sides in the division, but even against Bright Stars, a side who are still winless, they could only manage a draw.

Impressively, the newly-promoted side have applied themselves quite well in all these games and could have walked away victorious in any of these games, but somehow they have always fallen short.

They create quite enough chances in all these games, but they just fail to capitalize on the chances they create. And failure to take your chances does not win you games. Of course, it is not a dire situation as yet, but should it continue, then it may define their season in the long run.

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