Coach Steven Bogere admits the psychological scars caused by SC Villa’s traumatic meltdown in their sensational 2-2 draw against Vipers SC could damage the Jogoos’ FUFA Super League season for real.
Bogere’s side were in total control after 80 minutes at Nakivubo Stadium on Friday as two goals from Nigerian Victor Emanayo and Karim Ndugwa established a 1-goal lead. But the surge of form of Joseph Mpande in the second half altered the balance of power and Vipers hit back to earn a point through the Uganda Cranes midfielder to earn a point.
Kampala City Council’s 4-0 win at Proline on the same evening left SC Villa 14 points behind the leaders, but Bogere knows that gap could have been much closer if the Jogoos had kept their composure.
“It was a bad day at office. We should have held on till the final minutes and bagged maximum points.
“The damage is a bit bigger because everybody is, of course, very, very disappointed here at Nakivubo. But the team had gone back to its best after the January departure of my top players.
“The worst is finishing outside top 8 because we don’t seem to win anymore.
Villa in the first round led proceedings in the league keep in 8th place on 42 points after the 2-2 draw at home with only three games to go and it is highly unlikely that they would have found a route back into the title chase had today’s result been positive.
Vipers, remain in 4th on 48 points and lost their last game 1- 2 against KCC last Tuesday and that was the very last time their departed doctor served the team. Striker, Yunus Ssentamu (back from DR Congo where he formalized his transfer to AS Vita).
The mood at the team has been dampened ever since for the strong bond Ssenkumba harbored among all the team members.
Elsewhere Express FC edged Bright Stars 1-0 at Wankulukuku with Julius Ogwang scoring just three minutes to half time while SCVictoria University (SCVU) drew 0-0 with Simba at Mandela National stadium, Namboole.
In Kavumba, Police won 3-2 against Entebbe FC. Nyanzi Ronald netted a double while Kawooya Frank got the other. Veteran striker Kinene Yusuf scored twice for Entebbe.
In Mbale, URA FC remained in third position despite hammering CRO 4-0. Robert Ssentongo netted a double while Musa Docca and Feni Ali were also on target for URA.