It was a nail biting end for the Jogoo faithfuls who had attended Douglas Bamweyana’s first match as SC Villa head coach. Incidentally, it was Asaph Mwebaze’s too.
Before the match, expectations for Villa’s first season victory were high on almost everyone who attended the match at Muteesa II Stadium but no body predicted it to be this hard and nervy.
The opening minutes were bossed by SC Villa and they looked destined for a sail through but thanks to Pius Wangi and Joseph Ssemuju’s profligacy, all the early chances were put to waste by the former SC Vipers duo.
Their blushes were however to be saved by a 21st minute penalty converted by Bashir Mutanda which was awarded after a goal mouth scramble that forced Nyamityobora’s Barni Calvin to handle the ball inside the penalty area.
Mutanda’s goal was enough to send the game into halftime with SC Villa in the deserved lead.
However on return, the tide of the game changed into Nyamityobora’s favour, Asaph Mwebaze who was also on the touchline for the first time made some tactical switches after realizing his opponents were beatable.
“We accorded them too much respect in the opening minutes and we were made to pay for it, when we realised they are not any better than us, we had a go at them and we deserved a point. I am pleased with what the boys put up”
Said Mwebaze after the match.
Unfortunately for SC Villa, first choice goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa was substituted at halftime with Samuel Kivumbi making his first appearance of the season.
Joseph Semujju was again presented with another chance to extend Villa’s lead but the striker recklessly shot wide with the keeper already beaten.
Nyamityobora were further invited into the game and grew more into confidence, they continued to throw everything into their powers to SC Villa but Shafiq Bakaki was rock hard for the visitors.
Samuel Kivumbi made the save of the weekend with a point blank intervention when Patrick Gonnasa acrobatically fired a superb shot towards his but the custodian made an equally superb tip over to send into the corner.
The Jogoos held their nerve to kill off the 3 added minutes to register their first win of the season and also leave the relegation scrap for the first time in 3 months.
SC Villa will take Maroons at Namboole next Thursday whereas Nyamityobora will visit Tooro United at Buhinga on Saturday 8th December.