After 56 days without competitive football, The Jogoos took the pitch once again in a home tie against bottom side MYDA F.C.
The Jogoos started the game with high intensity, attacking the visitors’ goal without hesitation. In the opening 5 minutes, Villa hit the woodwork and also had a goal scoring from Ogwang shot off target. Villa continued looking for the opener through out the half. In the due process, we hit the woodwork a further two times.
In the process of neutralizing the opponents’ attacks, midfield dynamos Amir Kakomo and Emmanuel Wasswa got booked. These bookings mean that they will be out of the next fixture due to accumulated yellow cards.
As the first half moved on, the visitors maintained their ground and proved a hard nut to crack. The first ended with neither side finding the better of the other.
In the second half, Villa continued being the more offensive side. MYDA were a reserved side since the result then was not bad on their side. Looking for a goal, Mr. Kaziba replaced Nicholas Kabonge and Goffin Oyirwoth with Salim and Muhindo. With the game still remaining deadlocked, the gaffer made further substitutions in the 71st minute bringing on youngsters Faizo Kazibwe and Muhammed Ssenoga in places of Isaac Ogwang and Emmanuel Wasswa respectively.
Villa continued pressing for an opener but the visitors also had their share of chances in the second half. The biggest chance to the visitors came in the 80th minute when they pounced on a loose ball from goalkeeper Saidi Keni only to hit the ball on the upward of the crossbar of an empty goal.
The deadlock was broken in the 83rd minute when Muhammed Ssenoga got on the end of a through ball on the right wing. He continued driving the ball forward, sending an inviting cross into the visitors’ six yard box. Benson was the first to get onto the end of the ball but his minimal effort luckily fall into Kazibwe’s path who made no mistake but to slot the ball for The Jogoos’ late winner and his first for his childhood club.
Moments after breaking the deadlock, Villa continued creating chances in order to make the game out of reach for the resilient visitors. In the process, Muhindo was injured while driving the ball forward hence leaving the pitch limping at full time.
The Jogoos will return to action on Wednesday 17th February in an away fixture against Wakiso Giants at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium in Wakiso.
Goalkeeper Saidi Keni also made important saves at the death ensuring that the game ended 1-0. The win means that SC Villa climbs to 5th place with 10 points.