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SC Villa shift focus to league

Tuesday April 26, 2016

SC Villa Vs Lweza – Nakivubo @ 4.30pm

Now that they are out of both CAF Confederations Cup and Uganda Cup, SC Villa’s only chance of winning silverware remains the league.

The Jogoos exited the two competitions in a week losing 4-3 on penalties to FUFA Big League sides Onduparaka in the Uganda Cup on Sunday five days after suffering a humiliating 7-1 aggregate defeat to FUS Rabat in CAF.

Despite sitting 12th on the league standings, they can get within three points of log leaders KCCA if they win all their six games in hand and massively jump to second.

Coach Ibrahim Kirya is adamant they can put up a run but admits it’s difficult to achieve. “Winning six in a row is possible but very difficult,” he told upl.co.ug. “But we shall give it a try but take it game by game starting with one against Lweza,” he added.

Kirya who guided the club to second last season and won the Uganda Cup also adds that games in hand are not points won.

“You can’t just count them as points. You have to earn them and they come with pressure since the only result you want is maximum points.”

Sserumaga in the limelight

The fixture marks the maiden since attacking midfielder Mike Sserumaga crossed to the Villa Park side in the January window.

The midfielder isn’t bothered about facing his former bosses and the focus is to play well and earn his new side three points.

“I respect Lweza but am now a Villa player and it’s the club I want to come out on top in this tie,” he said.

Like SC Villa, Lweza also suffered a heart breaking exit from the Uganda Cup with a 9-8 penalty shootout loss after a 2-2 draw with lower tier side Entebbe and assistant Coach Hamza Kalanzi who returns to the dugout from suspension is wary of the fixture.

“SC Villa is one side we have never beaten since promotion and we expect a tough encounter,” he told upl.co.ug.

The Oranje, despite playing seven more games than their opponents, are just one spot and point above SC Villa on 31 points.

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