Mandela National Stadium, which is the home of SC Villa during the ongoing second round of the Uganda Premier League was deemed to be in poor sporting shape to host the Derby.
The pleas by the hosts to postpone the game fell on deaf ears of the Uganda Premier League (UPL) Secretariat and hence left with no option but to host the derby away from Kampala that is in Bombo.
The Jogoos come into this much anticipated fixture having the upper hand after they rediscovered their winning ways from the first round.
The Jogoos overcame the League leaders in their most previous UPL encounter in addition to a big win in the Uganda Cup away to the Super Eagles at the Pecce Stadium.
30 points in 3rd place, Villa will look at nothing but a win to keep on their charge upward and to narrow their 13 points gap with 1st position. With no fresh injuries and Bashir Mutanda making his return, the Nsambya based side will only have themselves to blame if they get anything below 3 points.
Can SC Villa take advantage of the frailty of Express today?
On the other hand, a lose by the Red Eagles would mount pressure on the Gaffer in charge, George Ssemwogerere due to the fact that at 21 points in 11th position, Express are 5 points above relegation slots.
Nevertheless, the Red Eagles will also look at building on their 3-0 mauling of Proline on Match Day 18 and a morale boosting Uganda Cup win vs St. Mary’s over the weekend.
Express will be without suspended Dennis Sserukwaya and license-less Cyrus Kibande and will be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga. The Red Eagles will look onto veteran striker Frank Kalanda and further inspiration from Disan Galiwango from the left flank.
The Red Eagles come into this game looking forward to breaking a losing streak against Villa which stretches as far back as 2017 with an away loss against the same opponent all the way from 2013.
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Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.