Perhaps beyond everyone’s expectation and to KK’s (Kiryowa Kiwanuka) dismay as he watched his Express Football Club side be stunned by a struggling Sports Club Villa side in a 2-0 defeat at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Friday evening.
It was a meeting between two old rivals in a legendary City derby as the Blues hosted the Red Eagles from Wankulukuku.
Although eagles are often known for flying high, Vipers outcast Bashir Mutanda didn’t give them that opportunity as he plucked off their first wing in the 27th minute with a sensational strike.
It appeared as though coach Kefa Kisala’s warning words about complacency to his side feel on deaf ears against a side that had only registered one victory (against Nyamityobora FC) in their opening 11 fixtures of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League as the former Kirinya Jinja SSS forward found space in the box off David Owori’s pass to fire the Jogoos into the lead.
His second half goal in the 62nd minute was still no shot of class when he scored with a thunder shot. SC Villa youngster and fans’ darling David Ndahiro, son to ex-Uganda Cranes international Nestroy Kizito provided the assist as Mutanda netted his seventh goal in the last six league games to make 2-0 for the home side.
The brace that fired coach Douglas Bamweyana’s men to their second win of the season also saw Mutanda be named as the day’s Pilsner Man of the Match as he went to the summit of the top scorers log with 9 goals from 12 games with Kirinya Jinja SSS FC’s Joel Madondo in second place at a tally of seven goals.
Villa are now 11th on the 16-team table with 12 points while Express remained 9th with 16 points.
StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Match Day 12 – Results
SC Villa 2-0 Express FC
Tooro United FC 2-0 Maroons FC
Nyamityobora FC 1-0 Ndejje University FC