KCC - SC Villa War II Ends in a Barren Draw
Simba vs URA
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First published: April 25, 2006
"The difference is the similarity." This came from the lips of the fans after referee Muhammad Ssegongo's final confirmation whistle for a goalless draw in the KCC FC - SC Villa super league derby dubbed as war II.
The two sides faced off a fortnight ago when the encounter was aborted in the 85th minute. This was after Haruna Kebba's three contradicting decisions, allowing Geofrey Sserunkuma's equalizer, canceling it and then later changing his decision to point at the center which sparked off the stone-and-bottle missiles all over then pitch forcing FUFA to rule for the weekend's rerun.
Villa's defense king pin Andy Mwesigwa was stretched off mid 1st half with a deep cut on his right eye after an aerial corrosion with KCC's Mubarak Tenywa. Despite this, the Kasasiro boys' poor record against the jogoos continued to haunt them as the striking trio of Sserunkuma, Athony Bongoole and Hamis Kitagenda failed to utilize the loopholes left in Sc Villa's defense department.
The city lads have only managed a win and 2 draws from the 12 league meetings since 2000. This was the year their coach Jackson Mayanja retired from playing.
SC Villa dominated the fairly attended encounter, played under tight security, but their lack of seriousness in the final third ruined them of a chance to take realize any goals. And the twin-striking of Sentongo and Alex Ndugga that tormented the hosts in the aborted tie were the key culprits as they seemed to have left their scoring boots somewhere else.
KCC's tactician who watched the game from the stands after a three match ban imposed on him by the football governing body FUFA for his misconduct against referee Ali Kalyango in the league game against Express fc was satisfied with the result.
"Getting a draw against Villa is a good result, we will start from there in the 2nd round," explains the former Uganda Cranes super star.
His counter part, Ibrahim Kirya blamed his team for exhibiting inexperience.
The result left KCC glued in the 4th position and Sc Villa in the 6th, their worst position in more than a decade.
My ratings per person out of 10
Thomas Wandera 5
He was just lucky not to concede, panicky throughout the 90 minutes.
Wasswa Hassan 6
He battled Villa's skillful experienced Ssebalinga well but I can't recall any time when he crossed the centerline.
Nathan Mutenza 7
Read the game well, tackled where it was necessary, overlapped and crossed. He was a bit slow though.
Brian Karenge 6
Judging by his experience, he was composed and tried to keep Villa's strikers at bay though he struggled to deal with aerial balls.
Tenywa Mubarak 4
He was very uncomfortable throughout the whole game, never coordinated with his center back partner and maybe he escaped marching orders because it was his big brother in charge.
Jamil Kasiita 5
He covered the defensive department well but forgot this linkage role to the goal poachers.
Mulindwa Haruna 4
He was poor in crossing, passing and falling back to help his defense.
Atugonza Brian 7
He was always masterminding the attacks though his finishing was awesome
The days of this team skipper seem to be over. His failure to tap into Atugonza's well-calculated pass with Mugabi, beaten for dead, was the turning point of the derby.
Athony Bongoole 8
My man of the match, he covered the whole pitch, gave his opponents a hard time and his pace, dribbles and stamina were exceptional.
He had the best day this season; I can't guess where he acquired the confidence from!
Tony Ndooro 6
The Kenyan had a good debut. He deserves 6.
Sam Senoga 7
He was pillar of villa's defense, equally good as in air as on ground.
Andy Mwesigwa 5
The few minutes he spent on the field before his injury, showed his maturity and why he his ranked to be one of the best defenders in the league.
Tom Ssemogerere 5
He was very cautious than ever before, this was my first time this season to see him finishing the game minus his names appearing in the referee's notebook.
Jeremy Ssebuyira 6
Not so bad though he didn't leave to expectation.
Wagaluka Dan 6
He was down with fever some few days prior to the big game, but his pace on the right flank kept Mutenza very busy.
He wasn't nervous as he usually is.
Wasn't in the game at all.
He used his experience and skill to torment KCC's defence throughout.
Referee Segonga Muhammad 8
He was always together with his assistants and let the game flow. He is worth 8.
Action resumes tomorrow with the two games concluding the 1st round. Defending Champions Police welcomes stubborn Kampala United while URA makes a short trip to the heart of Kampala to share spoils with battle hardened army side Simba SC at Nakivuba War Memorial Stadium.
Mean while, the mid season transfer window opens on 2nd May and closes on 7th May, according to FUFA's Competitions Committee
Different coaches are said to have already submitted their lists of guns needed to their bosses, ahead of the next round, which opens on 10th May 2006.
Villa, Police and KCC, are expected to be the big spenders in the market.
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First published: April 25, 2006
Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.