SC Villa continued its emphatic start to the season, after yet another morale boosting derby victory over fierce rivals Express FC at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
Ambrose Kirya scored the only strike that separated the two sides in a game that had as little to offer in attack.
The Jogoo were the dominant side throughout the 90 minutes, bossing possession and showed intent to pick up maximum points, but often found Express defensive resolve hard to break down.
Express had the first sniff at goal in the fourth minute, but Frank Kalanda’s shot on the turn was well saved by Villa keeper Saidi Keni. Villa were also presented with a half chance five minutes later but Emmanuel Kalyowa’s shot from Bashir Mutanda’s pass went over the bar.
With 30 minutes on the clock, Express lost exciting forward Frank Ssenyondo through injury after a collision with Keni as the former was through on goal. The hosts came close Gin in the 40th minute, but Andrew Kiwanuka’s shot was again well saved by Keni.
Despite Express having limited time on the ball, Express continued to create openings and in the 67th minute, substitute Doka Mweru could only find the side net.
With 20 minutes to play, Villa’s dominance was rewarded, as Ambrose Kirya rose highest to nod home the only goal of the game. Derrick Ndahiro’s cross was miscalculated by Express keeper Joshua Adea and was caught out by Kirya’s header.
Three minutes later, Kirya could have added a second, brilliantly controlling Charles Lwanga’s low cross, but his shot was too weak to beat Adea.
Lwanga also came close to add a second, but his shot from close range missed the target by inches.
Man-of-the-match: Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa)
The win consolidated SC Villa’s supremacy on top of the 2019/2020 Star Times Uganda Premier League table with ten points from the five games.
The defeat brings Express crashing back down to earth after their victory over Mbarara city on Wednesday. The red eagles slip back to 12th on the log with 4 points from their five games.
Kaziba, Kirya hold the formula
Villa’s resurgence and climb to the summit of the league for the first time in over a season, has an element of luck over it. But it has been more to the amount of work and sacrifice they have put down on training on a daily.
In all the games they have played so far, no team has covered more ground than them. The team looks fitter and physically in shape. Credit goes to the coaches Edward Kaziba and Ibrahim Kirya.
The pair seem to complement each other’s strength. Both coaches are known for always challenging their player’s fitness and will make sure that their team are always to the physical level required.
It is no surprise that the Jogoo players are willing to put in that extra sprint even in the dying minutes of a game.
Villa has been able to grind out results like against Police or even side step their opponents like Mbarara majorly because of the players fitness levels.