SC Villa will have a new man on the bench when they face Nyamityobora FC in the Uganda Premier League on Friday, November 30 in Douglas Bamweyana. He will be charged with turning around the Jogoos’ fortunes.
Without a win in eight games, Moses Basena was forced to resign his position as coach last week, following the two-all draw with Tooro United.
Basena’s exit sparked off a desperate search as the 16-time league champions sought a suitable replacement. The Villa hierarchy are desperate to get back to winning ways but there are questions as to why they zeroed down to little-known Bamweyana.
His first test will be against Nyamityobora, who are coming off a 1-6 loss to KCCA FC last Sunday. In Bamweyana, Villa have acquired a young and vibrant tactician, who has been a sports science lecturer and coach at Makerere University. He has groomed a number of players to the top level from the university team.
At the beginning of the 2017/2018 season, Bamweyana coached Express FC, taking there a number of young players like defender Edgar Bwogi and midfielder Davis Mayanja. A strong believer in possession-based football, Bamweyana is not different from KCCA FC’s Mike Mutebi. He pushes his teams to build from the back while entertaining.
Meanwhile, Onduparaka FC will be hoping to continue their good run of results against Express FC at Wankulukuku on Saturday. In their last two visits there, Onduparaka secured four points. Express’ last league game ended one-all with Bright Stars, while Onduparaka beat Ndejje 3-0 last week.
Express expect that the return of forward Tonny Odur and defender Isaac Mutanga should make them formidable. Equally, Onduparaka are optimistic the resignation of coach Asaph Mwebaze will not derail their fighting spirit. It should be an interesting meeting between Maroons and KCCA in Luzira. George Nsimbe’s side are coming off two draws and a win. They drew with KCCA twice last season. But KCCA have had back-to-back wins over Villa and Nyamityobora.
Mbarara City will visit Police FC at Lugogo. Mbarara beat Paidha and BUL FC in their recent games, while Police drew with URA FC on Saturday. That should gives Mbarara the psychological edge, if their last visit to Lugogo, which ended in a goalless draw with KCCA is anything to go by.