Sports Club Villa will need to find the same level of commitment they showed against Mbarara City when they visit Proline FC at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo, tomorrow.
Villa are Uganda’s most successful club, and they rightly boast of the biggest fan base in the country. But the club’s recent struggles, and long spell without silverware has affected the affection the fans hold for the club.
No doubt, any match that involves Villa will draw huge crowds. And the club’s 3-1 win over Mbarara City on Wednesday after a humiliating opening day defeat to Kyetume FC could spur more fans to return to the stadium.
The club are under a resurgence, with the administrative struggles that have plagued them for a while soon to be settled as the road map for the club’s presidential elections already launched.
On the field, three wins in the last five matches; including a 6-0 mauling of Nyamityobora at the tail end of last season speaks volumes for a club who won just once in the preceding five games.
The club’s new found glory will be on test again as they visit Proline FC in their first away game of the season. And on the road, they seem to struggle as they have won just once in the past five games.
They are under a new coach now, with a bulk of players from last season stayed on. And that may have minimal influence on them.
The hosts Proline also had a poor start to the season, losing 3-0 to Mbarara on match day one, before recovering well to defeat Onduparaka 1-0, thanks to Edrisa ‘Torres’ Lubega’s free kick.
Against Onduparaka, the Uganda Cup holders looked to be getting in sync with head coach Matia Lule’s demands. They were agile, full of energy and also calm in possession as they won their first home game under the coach.
Edrisa Lubega will carry the same load against Villa as he may be preferred ahead of Alfred Leku who has so far not impressed. left back Sulaiman Ssekamwa has recovered from a knee injury and may make his league debut for the club.
Villa head coach, Edward Kaziba described their win against Mbarara as one full of energy and commitment, and he will hope his side carry the same motivation to Lugogo.
Villa’s top scorer last season Bashir Mutanda is yet to find the back of the net this season, but going by his performance at Namboole, Surely it is a matter of time till he finds his scoring boots again.
David Owori, Emmanuel Kalyowa and Ambrose Kirya will be key if the Jogoos are to go home with something from Lugogo.
Proline will be looking for their maiden over Villa, the two sides have previously played six fixtures between themselves with Villa winning four and the other two ending in a stalemate.