SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
The traditional rivals Express and SC Villa renew acquaintances this Thursday at Wankulukuku with both sides languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Express are 11th with 32 points while SC Villa are fourth from bottom with 26 points collected from 25 outings.
The Red Eagles who are under the tutelage of George Ssimwogerere, are seeking to avenge their first round 2-0 loss to SC Villa.
” We have to win this game because it’s time for us to pay them back after they beat us 2-0 at Namboole and I think the boys are in good shape. “
It was a brace from striker Bashir Mutanda that ensured SC Villa edge their arch rivals at Namboole last December.
Ssimwogerere however emphasized the magnitude of the match despite both sides being on the wrong side of the log.
” We don’t look at the positions when Express is playing Villa however much Villa would be leading the table or be in relegation zone. Although we are in the middle of the table but any side which wins this one will celebrate like a champion.”
The most previous 10 encounters between the two sides have seen Villa winning on six occasions and Express managing only two victories. The other two clashes have ended in stalemates.
Villa edged Mbarara City 2-1 in the their recent game while Express won 2-0 against Paidha Black Angels.
EXPRESS FC : WLDLW
SC VILLA : WLLLD
SC Villa will be without their leading scorer Mutanda who has been announced sick together with first choice goalkeeper Said Keni who has a joint pain.
Skipper Ashraf Mandela, Joseph Semujju, Sam Kivumbi, Lincoln Mukisa and Derrick Ndahiro return to the fold after missing out on the previous engagements.
Kivumbi is expected to replace Keni in goal while Ronald Magwali, Pius Wangi and Albert Mugisa are the men to inspire Douglas Bamweyana’s men in absence of Mutanda.
Express captain Isaac Mutanga is the only player with an injury concern and remains doubtful for the game.
Victory for Express would mean SC Villa march into the final four league games with only two adrift the relegation red line.
A win for the record champions would maintain a five-point above the drop zone.