Feisty, sparkly and not lacking drama, is what can best describe the lockdowns between KCCA FC and SC Villa over the years. The two are Uganda’s most successful club sides and share between them a whopping 29 league titles.
Now, these two once again renew hostilities when they square up at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Friday in what is expected to serve nothing less of a cracker.
Without further ado; I chose to take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the fixtures between these two giants that served us with unfound drama and excited during the decade.
Prominent to majority of this generation will always be the 2015 Uganda Cup final that was played out in Ntungamo at the Kyamate Sports Complex on the 6th June.
A cagey encounter that was lacking in flair; but for all it lacked in guile and fluidity, it ably made up for with the grit and ruggedness on display as both sides went tooth and nail at each other.
The chief protagonist on the day as many still vividly recall, was the man in black, Robert Donney. Whose performance drew a pitch invasion from the rather reserved KCCA fans, as the game was called off.
This final was to be later replayed at the Mandela National Stadium, 11 days later and this time a more serene atmosphere saw SC Villa run out 3-0 victors, a game which cost Abdallah Mubiru his job at the club.
That was soon followed by a 2-1 victory in October 2017 in Masaka, As Villa ended a five year winless run over KCCA in the league.
The night before KCCA FC manager Mike Mutebi had intimated a sports presenter at Buddu FM that he wanted to win the league title unbeaten
Allan Kyambadde put the Jogoo ahead in the fifth minute before KCCA drew level with 10 minutes to play. Former KCCA forward Martin Kizza then struck in the 84th minute to hand KCCA their first loss of the season.
The return leg in February 2018 was also a close affair, with Nicolas Kasozi then at Villa running the show in the middle of the park.
But Allan Okello’s 85th-minute freekick decided the game ultimately, ending Villa’s charge for the title eventually finishing third behind champions Vipers and KCCA.
The 2018/2019 season served us with another spectacle as the fixture made a return to Namboole since 2015. The Kasasiro boys were unbeaten in the league, while Villa languished at the bottom of the 16 team log, still in search of their first league victory.
Albert Mugisa put the hosts ahead in the 14th minute before Julius Poloto drew level barely five minutes later, then the worst happened as Manko Kaweesa put the ball into his own net to hand KCCA the lead. Bashir Mutanda struck at the death of half time to give Villa a lifeline.
In the 60th minute, Jackson Nunda sealed victory for KCCA, with head coach Moses Basena seeing the exit a few weeks later.
The second leg was almost a no-contest, as KCCA annihilated their rivals 4-2 at Lugogo en-route to winning the 13th title. Sulaiman ‘Mike’ Mutyaba, Kizza Mustafa, Kyambadde and Okello put KCCA 4-0 up by the hour mark, before Charles Lwanga and Ambrose Kirya scored twice to give the result a respectable outlook.
The only other time Villa have defeated KCCA came in March 2012, 2-0 when the Jogoo then under current KCCA coach Mike Mutebi. Herman Wasswa and Moses Ndawula scored the goals for Villa. Surprisingly, Villa have not defeated KCCA at home in this decade.
There’s more to write about these two sides but what’s most synonymous is the fact that even with Villa’s dreadful showings in previous years, this fixture somehow manages to garner the clout befitting of it and many a time it doesn’t fail to serve us to a fun-filled showdown.