Muwanga out as SC Villa attempt to break Onduparaka’s home unbeaten record

Bernard Muwanga will sit out his first game of the season as Villa seek to extend their grip at the top

By: Daniel Nsubuga

Table leaders SC Villa will seek to be the first team to beat Onduparaka FC at their much revered home, the Green light Stadium in Arua. The caterpillars have not lost a league game since their elevation to the top flight league in the 2015/16 season.

The Jogoos will have to achieve this feat without their inspirational skipper Bernard Muwanga who has played every minute of this campaign he is suspended for accumulation of 3 yellow cards. Isa Lumu will be drafted in to deputise for Muwanga at the heart of Villa defence.

SC Villa beat Onduparaka 1-0 in the first round [ Courtesy photo ]
Despite all the hype about Onduparaka’s home record, Villa coach Paul Mukatabala notes that this season the Caterpillars aren’t as strong as they were in their debut season and this gives him confidence that they are beatable.

He asserts,

“Onduparaka are a strong side especially at home, they have a big fan base but this time round, we believe we can beat them. There is always a first time to everything and we believe it’s possible for us to do that “

Games between these two have always yielded goals, 4-3, 4-1 and 1-0 which is an average of 4 goals per match. In the process, SC Villa have won 2 and Onduparaka 1.

First choice goal keeper Nicholas Sebwato will miss his first game for Onduparaka this season after being diagnosed with malaria , Yunus Baker or Richard Anyama will be called in to stand-in for him. Mohammad Rashid, Saddam Norman, Aggrey Kirya, Moses Ndawula, Ivan Mboowa and Kabon Living are the other players in the treatment room.

Out of their 9 home games played this season, Onduparaka have managed 5 wins and 4 draws, SC Villa have only managed 2 wins on the road, a 3-0 and 1-0 win to Masavu and BUL FC respectively.

Onduparaka currents sits 6th on the log with 29 points whereas SC Villa are the leaders with 37 points.

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