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Jogoos show grit

SC Villa host Synergy football club this afternoon at the Wankulukuku stadium in the round-of-32 of the Stanbic Uganda Cup clash.

This comes on the back of a priceless one-all draw that Villa registered away in Masindi against Kitara FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on match-day 17 last Friday, February 9.

Heading into their fixture with Synergy, the Jogoos will be overwhelming favourites, considering the aforementioned result. This has them marked out as a team with remarkable grit, making them difficult to beat, as the 2023/24 season reaches a tough phase, when the direction of silverware begins taking shape.

While Villa’s arch-rival, Express FC continue to struggle, following the fact that they have lost their first two second-round fixtures (3-4 to KCCA FC on Saturday, February 10 and 1-3 to Mbarara City on February 2), the Jogoos have been impressive in their display.

None more so than the manner in which they were able to emerge from a losing position to Kitara, to share the spoils, following their youngster, Jonah Kakande’s late 25 yards strike.

The equalizer against a team that had beaten them at home on matchday one of the league last September, and also one that had only lost once at home, was not only relieving for the travelling party, but a mark of grit; the never-say-die attitude Villa has developed lately.

Many football observers actually point out that Villa are the most balanced side. But even more importantly, the one team playing consistently well this season. In fact, of all the teams in the UPL, none has won more points than Villa (11 points) in their last five league games. Only Kitara and KCCA come close in terms of form with 10 points during the same period.

The defending champions Vipers SC, whom Villa entertain on February 24, have managed seven points. But one key thing stands out about the present situation at Villa. It is the influence of Serbian coach Dusan Stojanovic.

In a recent interview, he said that nothing dominates his mind than working to improve the players. And, therefore, attributes their recent form to the work put in at the training ground. East High, is where Villa base these days, and Stojanovic has maintained the two sessions work-out almost every day.

This has helped improve the players’ focus, as he builds on what his predecessor, Jackson Magera set up last season. While Villa came within 90 minutes of winning the championship in the 2022/23 season, many of their faithful felt that this one would probably be the season they actually clinch it.

Since 2004, Villa have not won the league, the longest period of drought in the club’s history. Therefore, there is hunger in that regard. Yet, Stojanovic does not speak about the title ambitions that directly. Instead, he says they are working hard to win every game they play. But also, create a formidable side that is difficult to beat.

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