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Villa playing for pride against Rabat

SC Villa coach Ibrahim Kirya admits chances of overturning the 7-0 annihilation at the hands of Fus Rabat in the Caf Confederations Cup are non-existent.

Villa were victims of the weekend’s heaviest defeat in the first leg of the second round Caf tie over a week ago and will hope to avoid a similar humiliation when the two face off in the return leg in Kampala this Wednesday.

Not even the 4-0 drubbing of Sports Club Victoria University (SCVU) in the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) could inspire much confidence as to suggest a miracle could happen.

SCVU are one of the league’s punching bags including Maroons and Simba, who all occupy the bottom three on the 16-team log.

Kirya himself knows a miracle on Wednesday is hugely unlikely but the coach wants his boys to at least avoid home and away defeats to the Moroccans, who arrived in the country on Saturday.

“Of course after losing 7-0 to Fus Rabat,” Kirya told upl.co.ug, “The 4-0 victory against Victoria is not bad. It is good for our confidence

“But to be honest I’m not about to tell Ugandans that we are going to score eight goals and progress. The chances are very low but we shall do our best to compete.”

Earlier in an interview with the Daily Monitor, Kirya did not shy away from the fact that the Moroccans are in a different class compared to Villa.

“They are a very good team,” he admitted, “You will see them. But we shall do our best. On Wednesday we shall play for pride (but) we shall play and try to see that we don’t lose twice.”

Umar Kasumba scored twice in the thrashing of SCVU, with Martin Kizza helping himself to one and a Michael Nyungura own goal ensuring an emphatic victory.

“Our striker Umar Kasumba also scored twice,” emphasized Kirya, “That is good for us ahead of Wednesday and the remaining league matches.”

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