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Review:Vintage KCCA brush aside maladroit SC Villa in Kampala derby

KCCA players celebrate one of their goals against Villa at the StarTimes Stadium | KCCA FC image

KCCA FC pulled off one of their vintage performances in the 2019/2020 StarTimes Uganda Premier League, as they ran riot over a hugely disappointing SC Villa side, at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo on Friday evening.

The Kasasiro Boys were 4-1 winners on the day, Allan Okello, Erisa Ssekisambu, Mustafa Kizza, and Joseph Kafumbe all scored for KCCA, while Amir Kakomo’s deflected effort was merely a consolation for Villa.

The champions got off to the best possible start in the game, looking dangerous with fast and direct attacks through the middle, Okello, Ssekisambu and Sam Ssenyonjo all looking sharp. 

Their dominance was sealed in the 10th minute, another youngster Kafumbe poking home the opening goal of the game; his first for the season in just his second outing, following a good interplay between Musa Ramadhan and Ssenyonjo. 

The hosts stayed on the front foot, pinning Villa as far back into their own half, as the 20th minute approached. Ssenyonjo came close to add a second, but his header off Muzamir Mutyaba’s corner went wide. 

Another flawless KCCA attack saw Kizza find Ssenyonjo inside the area, but again his header was off target. 

The Jogoo then enjoyed a period of dominance, and created a few openings in behind with Charles Lukwago called into action for the first time, but he was comfortable dealing with their efforts. 

In the 37th minute, KCCA had the ball in the back of the net again, but defender Samuel Kato’s effort was ruled out for offside. Moments later, Ssekisambu doubled their lead, this time the flag stayed down, after a clever through ball from Ssenyonjo. 

At the restart of the second stanza, both coaches decided to shake things up, Mike Mutebi brought off Mike Mutyaba for Kezironi Kizito, while Edward Kaziba made a double change, sending on Albert Mugisa and Emmanuel Wasswa for David Owori and Ambrose Kirya respectively. 

Ssenyonjo who looked sharp upfront again, he nearly made it three, but again he couldn’t direct his header on target. 

At the hour mark, another massacre was potentially on the cards, as Kizza made it three for KCCA. His long range shot caught Villa’s goalkeeper Said Keni off guard. 

With 12 minutes to go, KCCA again turned on the style, with Villa hanging on but just. Ssenyonjo saw his effort well saved by Keni following a quick break, while Okello’s scorcher rattled the cross bar. 

Against the run of play, the Jogoo pulled a goal back, Derrick andahiro’s freekick deflected off Kakomo into the back of the net in what looked like a routine worked out from the training ground. 

With just seconds to play, Okello surely sealed victory and further compelled Villa’s wanting performance. The playmaker raced clear on goal before placing the ball past a hapless Keni. 

The victory pushes KCCA to second on the log, with 29 points, five points behind leaders Vipers SC with a game to play, while SC Villa are displaced to fourth on the log.

What they said

SC Villa head coach Edward Kaziba: “I think we were second best on the day, praise has to go towards KCCA for their performance. Ultimately, I think my team failed to leave up to the tempo of the game and we struggled so much with the astro-turf surface.”

KCCA head coach Mike Mutebi: “This was not a statement for our previous loss, but this is how we should play on a daily. The boys matched up to the Villa players who should be more experienced than most of our boys.”

KCCA Starting XI: Charles Lukwago (C)(GK), Musa Ramadhan, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita, Samuel Kato, Gift Ali, Muzamir Mutyaba (Kezironi 47′, Kasozi 75′), Joseph Kafumbe (Achai 86′), Erisa Ssekisambu, Allan OKello, Sam Ssenyonjo

Subs: Jamil Maliyamungu (GK), Kezironi Kizito 47′, Nicolas Kasozi, Herbert Achai, Hassan Musana, Filbert Obenchan, Simon Sserunkuum

SC Villa Starting XI: Saidi Keni (GK), Ibrahim Kibumba, Derrick Ndahiro, Moses Kiggundu, Asuman Harishe, Amir Kakomo, Douglas Owori (Mugisa 48′), Emmanuel Kalyowa (Badiro 58′), Ambrose Kirya (Wasswa 48′), Faisal Muwawu, Nicolas Kabonge

Subs: Sam Kivumbi (GK), Charles Lwanga, Yayo Lutimba, Albert Mugisa, Fahad Badiro, Joseph Nsubuga, Emmanuel Wasswa

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