SC Villa Breaks Wankulukuku Jinx
Villa's tactician Asuman Lubowa.

SC Villa Breaks Wankulukuku Jinx

Lubowa's Sc Villa broke Wankulukuku jinx on Saturday.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: July 20, 2006

Once upon time, the eagle and Mr. Cock were close friends and they lived happily. However, one day, they did not have salt at home. Mr. Cock went to the shop to buy it and came back with the salt. He came back hiding his leg in his feathers and when he reached home, he deceived the eagle that he had exchanged the leg for the salt. The eagle went to the shop to do the same and his leg was cut off. When reached home, he found Mr. Cock standing on both legs. The eagle and the cock have been sworn enemies since.

It is no different when it comes to the two Ugandan soccer giants, SC Villa "joogo", a Swahili word meaning a cock, and Express FC, the red eagles. Though the joogos have dominated the eagles for long, they had never beaten the eagles at their sanctuary in Wankulukuku stadium since 1991. A 49th minute strike from Kenyan summer signing Oscar Kadenge last weekend, was all what SC Villa needed to end the long standing jinx while picking maximum points against nemesis Express FC at Wankulukuku stadium.

The blues, despite enjoying a better record against the red eagles, had never bagged maximum points at the sluggish pitch of Wankulukuku against Express in the last 15 years.

The all important goal was preceded by a 1st half shock to Express fans, when Villa's young custodian Yassin Mugabi saved prodigal son Hassan Mubiru's spot kick after center back Tom Ssemogerere handled the ball in the forbidden area.

The Kenyan danger man who averages a league goal in the eight matches he has appeared for in the blue and white shirt, capitalised on the host 's loose-making to head in Alex Ndugga's pin point cross, sending the joogos wild.

Though Villa, the Ugandan record champions, were left glued in the unfamiliar 5th position, their worst in a couple of years, they couldn't hide their joy for the victory. After the final whistle, they started throwing shillings to Kadenge, lifting him shoulder high and chanting slogans that were provoking the red army.

"Even if we finish 10th , when we have beaten 'Abayaye' (thieves) in 'Mayuni'(Wakulukuku), I will remain satisfied," a Villa fan only identified as Sula was heard boosting.

As usual, the Villa's tactician Asuman Lubowa was calm, leaving the talking to his vocal assistant Ibrahim Kirya, who told whoever care to listen that the victory was sweet and a precise revenge for their 1st round loss to their rivals at Namboole.

"We are almost out of the title contention, but this is enough consolation for the season. They have been boosting with their home record, let them continue," fumed the former Villa and Simba nonsense all rounder.

Their first loss this season at home, didn't only end the Wankulukuku clean record against their bitter enemies, but also dented their ambition of reclaiming the title they last won a decade ago as coach Ssemogerere confesses.

"I'm not concerned about the record and its not yet over if we can win the remaining matches, hoping URA falters somewhere. I confess though that we have lost the grip on the title," says the towering former Cranes and Express FC skipper.

The loss narrowed their gap against 3rd -placed Police FC, while extending URA's table leadership to 5points.

The Ugandan tax collectors need only maximum points in their final three fixtures to clinch the title; the first in the club's history.

However, though club coach Deo Sserwadda, is optimistic that his boys have the guts to pick maximum points from the remaining encounters, a huge task awaits him as its the country's original big three VEK giants, SC Villa, Express and KCC in his way.

"Villa, did it for us. Its now up to us to surrender or use the opportunity, but I'm optimistic that nothing can impede us from hitting our target," vows the 32 year old tactician.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: July 20, 2006
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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.