SC Villa’s 3-0 triumph over URA at Masaka Recreation Centre this evening didn’t only mean that the 16-time league winners remain unbeaten at home, but it whitewashed a poor start to the second round.
The Jogoos had not won this year in two attempts after a goalless draw against Maroons and a 1-0 away to loss to KCCA, but three unanswered second half goals from Martin Kizza (with a brace) and Yubu Bogere brought calm to the team.
Villa regained the top of the league where they belonged for most of the first round. They have now amassed 36 points from 18 games, one point better than Vipers while third-placed KCCA are on 33 albeit with a game in hand.
KCCA’s goalless draw at Masavu was welcome news to the Jogoos faithful who can now plan for the next game against Bright Stars with little pressure. That could be a game of few goals as Villa have prior to today’s victory averaged just one goal per game yet Bright Stars have scored just 12 times in 17 games this season.
As it stands, it’s now a three-horse race to the title but the relegation battle is quite open.
Cellar dwellers Express FC can restore sanity if they beat fellow strugglers Proline on Friday but the newfound form of Masavu and UPDF should worry almost up to eight teams since ninth-placed Bright Stars is only seven points better than Express.
Martin Kizza was voted the Fortebet man of the match in Masaka while Abram Ndugwa of Masavu scooped the accolade that comes with a glittering trophy and Shs.100,000 cash prize.
Tuesday results: Villa 3-0 URA, Masavu 0-0 KCCA
Friday games: Maroons vs. Vipers at Luzira Prisons, kick off at 4:00 pm, Express vs. Proline at Lugogo, kick off at 4:30 pm.