Friday, Sept. 15, result

SC Villa 1-2 Kitara FC

StarTimes Uganda Premier League newcomers Kitara FC stunned SC Villa when they twice led to beat the 16-time record champions 2-1 away at Wankulukuku on the opening day of the 2023/24 season.

Elvis Ngondwe was unfortunate to score an own goal for Kitara’s late winner as he attempted to stop Kabon Livin in this exciting fixture played on Friday.

Villa’s Charles Lwanga had earlier cancelled out last season’s Fufa Big League top scorer Denis Omedi’s 15th minute opener on the stroke of half time.

There was also some pre-match spice as organisers had dance hall musician Ziza Bafana entertain fans.

The audience also included former Uganda Cranes and Villa coach Micho Sredojevic, who joined the club president Omar Mandela in the stands.

This was a dream start for the Masindi side, Kitara, and an electric shock for Villa, who only lost out on the league title on the final day last season.

Kitara now sit brightly on top of the top-flight table with three points, while Villa will have to wait a little more before they can start tallying up anything.

The Royals went ahead after new signings Brian Aheebwa and Omedi combined well, the former flicking the ball on for the latter to open his Premier League account on 15 minutes.

But the hosts never fizzled, picking themselves up and going on the hunt for an equaliser.

It did come on the stroke of half time, Villa’s returning striker Charles Lwanga pouncing on a rebound after good work down the left by Ngondwe.

Both Villa new Serbian coach Dusan Stojanovic and his Kitara counterpart Brian Ssenyondo will have gone to the break looking to a decisive second half.

Their desire to get a positive result was told in the many changes they both made in the course of the second half but none of the teams seemed to yield in.

By the time the centre referee added four minutes after the 90, it looked like they would settle for a point apiece.

Or did it? Well, the visitors had other ideas, Kabon running onto a defence splitting pass but in an attempt to be first to the ball, an otherwise impressive Ngondwe toe-poked it into his own net.

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