SUPL: Salim guides SC Villa to edge stubborn Busoga United

Wednesday 22/12/2021

Busoga 0-1 SC Villa
KCCA FC 0-0 Express FC
URA FC 2-0 Mbarara City FC
Wakiso Giants 1-2 Arua Hill SC

SC Villa registered a 1-0 narrow victory against resilient Busoga United in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Salim Abdallah’s effort from 12 yards was enough to give the Jogos maximum points in a hard-fought encounter that could go either way.

Villa had a chance to take the lead through Salim after Sadam Masereka’s cross from the right-wing was cleared away before he could head it home.

In the fifteenth minute, Nicholas Kabonge benefited from his pace to engineer a counterattack before he was brought down in the area. Salim stepped up and slotted it home at the far left from 12 yards.

With an early lead, one would envisage Villa gaining momentum and stability to score more and keep in full control but then Busoga kept calm and composed.

Salim set up Masereka through a long ball, the forward looped the ball above the custodian but it narrowly missed the target.

Busoga almost leveled terms in the 36th minute but Busoga’s forward Ntege Anwaru arrived late to tap home Derrick Basoga’s well-taken freekick.

On the return of the second stanza, Busoga looked the better side of the two. They were quick on the ball and pressed Villa high on their half.

Six minutes into the second stanza, Charles Mulanda delivered a good cross but Anwaru’s header went off target.

In the 65th minute, Petros Koukouras made a double change introducing Goffin Oyirwoth and Benson Muhindo for Travis Mutyaba and Isaac Ogwang.

Minutes later Busoga, Basoga’s good corner missed contact from close range before SC Villa captain Gavin Kizito cleared it away from the area.

Ten minutes to play in normal time, Kenneth Semakula rose high to meet Kabonge’s corner kick but Busoga’s custodian collected it well after a full stretch.

Five minutes later, Kabonge and Masereka were called to rest for Oscar Mawa and Fred Agandu to take on the job.

The result took SC Villa to the eleventh position with 13 points from 11 games while Busoga sit 15th with seven points on a 16-teamed log.

In the next fixtures, the Jogos will host Tooro United on Monday, December 17 while Busoga United will travel to Betway Muteesa II Stadium to face Express FC.

In the other games, the Kampala derby saw Express FC and KCCA share spoils in a goalless draw.

Livingstone Mbabazi’s troops registered a 2-1 against Wakiso Giants who were losing for the fourth time in the ongoing campaign.

URA bagged a 2-0 win against the Ankole Lion at the Arena of Visions after managing four stalemates in their last games.

While Ivan Ahimbisibwe helped UPDF salvage a point from BUL FC after cancelling Musa Esenu’s first-half goal to award Alex Isabirye’s charges a second consecutive draw.

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