Koukouras urges Villa calmness against Express

SC Villa head coach, Petros Koukouras has underlined the fact that they as a team, will require calmness and composure on the pitch in order to get a good result against arch-nemesis Express FC.

The encounter will be the first leg of the traditional derby and will also double as a matchday six fixture of the Startimes Uganda Premier League season slated for Saturday, November 20, at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.

Koukouras shared his insights with our media team where he needed no invitation to note that the coaching team has done enough to prep for the game and take off all pressure, and it was now left to the players to execute.

“We have asked the boys to be calm and composed. They do not have to carry any pressure on them but rather execute the set plan,” he highlighted.

“I hear it is the biggest game in Uganda. People have told me a lot about this derby and how important it is. I greatly understand the rivalry between the two clubs but to me, it’s just an away game like the rest.”

“We have to follow our plan and do everything possible to win something from this game. My players are disciplined and the backroom is supportive so we are well streamlined for the game.”

“The international break helped us to talk more with the players and settle a few things. We worked on our weaknesses but I can’t conclude it helped us a lot because we need more games.”

“Express is a good team that has previously bettered their performance and we respect them, but SC Villa is a team of pedigree and whoever represents it has to stand to it.” he added.

It is imperative to note that we lost our last home fixture at the Kavumba Recreational Grounds 3-1 in the most undesirable of ways, and assistant coach Jackson Magera insists that the derby couldn’t have come at a better time as we seek a return to winning ways.

“Yes, we lost to Wakiso Giants but we picked lessons from the loss and left the sorrow behind us. We now go to Express hunting for maximum points,” he expressed intent.

“It’s a derby game so expect it not to be easy but this gives us the right opportunity to get our pace back, winning will do the trick for us.”

In his mobilization of the fans, Magera called upon all the Jogoos to support the lads wherever they will be because it is necessary to boost the confidence of the players to bag all points.

The derby comes with a lot of asks for the lads considering that last season alone, the Red Eagle picked four points from the fixture while we walked away with one.

We managed to share spoils in the goalless draw at Bombo Barracks Grounds, Luwero after losing 0-1 at their home in Wankulukuku.

The two sides have met 24 times and the Jogoos have registered nine wins while the Red Eagles have picked eight wins with seven stalemates.

Teams news

Umar Lutalo, Iddi and Salim Abdallah are a doubt for the derby due to the knocks they earlier picked before returning to injury on Thursday.

Ronald Ssekiganda is slowly gaining match fitness though it will be a last-minute decision if he is get some minutes in his bag.

Ismail Mugulusi, Baale, Ssekandi remain out with long-term injuries.

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