Ideally as per the official release of the Uganda Premier League fixture, Onduparaka hosting SC Villa was supposed to be the closing fixture of the first round of the league. But due to “unforeseen circumstances” more fixtures were postponed.
For the Caterpillars, they came into this game as their last for the first round as SC Villa has a postponed game visiting KCCA F.C to be played on the 29th of November. Separated by one point in 4th and 3rd respectively, this game was surely going to be a tight encounter.
Onduparaka suffered their first blow of the game during warm ups as Atendele suffered an injury and was replaced by Okumu in the Starting XI.
Into the game, the visitors started brightly with all focus on attack and it paid off since they fired in some quick goals with Emmanuel Kalyowa heading in a Ndahiro cross in the 6th and Muwawu tapping in a loose ball from Kibumba’s throw in the 12th minute.
After falling behind 0-2, the hosts did not give up but started combining very well in the midfield and in the final third hence creating a number of chances which were very wasteful in front of the Villa goal.
UPL Match Day 15 Concludes With The Jogoos Feasting On The Caterpillars
The most notable chance was 10 minutes to the end of the first half when Saidi Keni parried away a neatly taken free kick from the Hosts’ captain Wahab Gadafi.
Into the second half, the hosts continued mounting pressure on the Jogoos by creating more chances but since for every action there’s an actual but opposite reaction, their disastrous defending continued.
In the 53rd minute, a woodwork stood between SC Villa and a 3rd goal as the defense had gifted Mawawu a goal scoring chance.
After more than an hour of trying in vain, Onduparaka got a consolation goal from Malingumu in 66th minute. The home fans’ hope of snatching a draw in the jaws of a home lose increased but the visitors’ substitute Fahad Badiro buried the game in the 92nd minute only to send the Villa fans into wild cheers in addition to giving the Jogoos a vital 1-3 win.
SC Villa cement their third place with 27 points, four above fourth placed Onduparaka, 6 below top of the table Vipers and 2 below second position BUL F.C while Onduparaka remain 4th with 23 points.
Story credit: Godfrey Lusiba
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Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.