Villa, URA settle for a barren draw

DAVID GOMBE

SC Villa and URA FC shared spoils in a barren contest at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

It was a game were both sides created numerous chances only that their finishing was disappointing. Both sides had a equal share of possession.

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Peter Lwasa agonisingly came closer to breaking the deadlock at the stroke of halftime with only the goalkeeper to beat but Villa’s Brian Bwete was equal to the challenge.

In the resumption, SC Villa gained momentum and looked the better side in the opening minutes of the second period. Veteran midfielder Mike Sserumaga had his effort saved by URA FC custodian James Alitho two minutes from the recess to keep the score goalless.

Moments later, Albert Mugisha was booked for reckless play on former SC Villa winger Vitalis Tabu.

Joseph Ssemujju, Mike Sserumaga and Bashir Mutanda all were guilty for missing the various opportunities that could at least have given Basena’s side their first win of the season.

URA trio of Shafik Kagimu, Vitalis Tabu and Peter Lwasa failed to dismantle a well organized SC Villa defence and a point was worthy each side.

Joseph Ssemujju was withdrawn for Ibrahim Mugulusi, Mike Sserumaga for Mukisa Lincoln and with barley five minutes to normal time Ajab Abdul Rahman replaced Villa skipper Ambrose Kirya.

The visitors tactician Sam Ssimbwa replaced Vitalis Tabu who had a quiet day for Robert Mukongotya.

The record champions remain winless and are now 14th placed on the log with 3 points accumulated in 5 games whereas URA FC are now 5th on table with 9 points.

Villa next visit Mbarara City on Saturday 3rd November while URA FC will host Nyamityobora on Friday 2nd November at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

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