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SC Villa look to extend lead

Uganda Premier League fixtures

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Police vs Bright Stars, Namboole Stadium (Live on Azam), 4pm

Express vs JMC Hippos, Wankulukuku Stadium, 4.30pm

Kirinya-Jinja vs SC Villa, Kakindu Stadium, Jinja

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

KCCA vs URA, P. Omondi Stadium, Lugogo, 4.30pm

SC Villa will hope to take advantage of KCCA’s inactivity on Tuesday to extend their lead at the summit of the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) log to four points when they face Kirinya-Jinja at Kakindu.Fresh from progressing to the group stage of the Caf Confederation Cup after edging Al-Masry of Egypt 4-3 on penalties at the weekend, KCCA will be keen to keep it tight on Villa when the champions welcome URA to Lugogo tomorrow.

But before that, Villa – who have played three more matches than KCCA – can still dream on for their first league title since 2004.

However, for the dream to come to fruition, they must win the remaining six games, starting with Tuesday’s away in Jinja, and hope that KCCA falter along the way.

The cause has received a timely boost with the return of eight-goal striker Emmanuel Okwi from injury.

Villa coach Wasswa Bbosa knows the psychological effect of opening a four-point lead before the defending champions, KCCA, play.

“We want to win this game and lead by four points before KCCA plays URA on Wednesday. You never know what effect that could have on the Wednesday match,” he said.

Both Villa and KCCA need to win their respective matches on Tuesday and Wednesday before the two clash on Friday in what could be called a title decider.

Yet Kirinya-Jinja coach Abbey Kikomeko warns Villa will not have it their way.

“We want nine points to survive the axe and we are determined to get them,” he said.

At Namboole, Abdallah Mubiru’s Police – fresh from beating Vipers 2-0 – will hope to build on the momentum when they face Bright Stars.

Across town at Wankulukuku, hosts Express are eying a return to winning ways as they bid to have a respectable finish to the season.

They come into this encounter against JMC Hippos on the back of a 1-1.stalemate away at URA.