Moses Kiggundu’s second half own goal was the only difference at Madela National Stadium, Namboole when SC Villa hosted Busoga United in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League matchday 17.
Coming into the game, the Joggos sat 4th on the 16 team log having garnered 27 points in their 16 league games while Busoga United were 7th on 21 points.
SC villa had only one mission coming into the game (putting the disappointing 2-0 loss against URA FC lastweek aside and getting all 3 at home against Busoga United so as to trim the gap on second placed KCCA FC.)
The first minutes of the game were dull until in the 15th minute when SC Villa Left back Derrick Ndhairo cleared a ball off the goal line to deny Busoga United an early lead.
The visitors’ combination of Lwrence Tezikya and David Bagoole was the heart of action in the first 30 minutes but Saidi Keni was well protected by his rock tight defence.
SC Villa first goalscoring chance came in the 32nd minutes after a well calculated counter attack by David Owori and Nicholas Kabonge but the former shot straight at goalie Rogers Omedwa.
Minutes before halftime, David Owori had a further chance to open the score but the lanky attacking midfielder headed wide after from a Nicholas Kabonge cross.
The two teams went into the halftime break with equal scores.
In the 62nd minute, Substitute Bashir Mutanda almost made an immediate impact on his first touch but his shot hit the crossbar with Omedwa well beaten.
The first goal of the game came 15 minutes from time when Ivan Wani’s shot was deflected into the back of the net off defender Moses Kiggundu to propel the Busoga side into the game’s lead.
The Jogoos through Mutanda and Owori pushed for the equaliser but the Busoga United’s defence was well tight to avoid late drama.
Busoga United has now beaten traditional giants Express FC and SC Villa in less than a week to climb to 6th position on the log, garnering 24 points in 17 games
The 16-time Uganda Premier League champions, have suffered their 3rd consecutive loss after losing to KCCA FC at the end of the first round and starting up second round with a 2-0 loss at the hands of URA FC in Ndejje, Luwero.
It seems like the hard times are still coming for Villa as they visit leaders Vipers on Friday at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.