Miracles time in Uganda League title deciders today

Super League -4.00pm

KCCA v Villa (Lugogo)
Vipers v Masaka (Buikwe)
CRO v Soana (Mbale)
Entebbe v Express (Wankulukuku)
URA v BUL (Lugazi)
SCVU v Bright Stars (Namboole)
Police v Kira (Kavumba)
Simba v Proline (Bombo)

Michael Birungi
Michael Birungi

The 2013/2014 FUFA Super League will finally be decided today when the league comes to a climax with eight games on the card.

However, two crucial games will decide who represents Uganda in the 2015 CAF Champions League. Table leaders KCCA FC go into the game against SC Villa this afternoon leading the log with 57 points, while second-placed SC Victoria University have one point less.

While KCCA FC will be chasing their 10th league title since 1966, SC Victoria University, who only made their maiden appearance in top flight football last season, are targeting their first.

Nsimbe’s boys will clinch the league title if they manage to beat a faltering Villa outfit.

KCCA could have wrapped up the title at the weekend but couldn’t beat an ordinary Kira Young largely because of lack of composure.

SC Villa have only won of their last two league matches, losing 3-1 to SC Victoria University last time out.

KCCA midfielder Micheal Birungi, who has been a vital cog in their success is expecting an emotional game as the Lugogo based side look to wrap up the league title.

“It’s one of those games where it’s going to be very emotional because we know the importance of it,” Birungi told Red Pepper ahead of the encounter.

“We know what can happen if we win it or what can happen if we lose it.

“We’re just one game away from realising our dream and hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”

Villa coach Steven Bogere has explained that Jogoos will be aiming to keep George Nsimbe’s side quiet for as long as possible as they look to spoil ‘Kasasiro party.

“The stakes are very high, KCC want to clinch the league title and we need to take care of our own position on the log and make sure we secure a top four finish,” said Bogere in a phone interview.

“It is going to be a very difficult game, they will throw everything at us and try and wrap up the title in front of their fans.

“But we have come up with a tactical approach that we are confident in and hopefully we can keep the tempo down, keep them quiet for as long as possible and surprise them.”

In head-to-head stats, KCCA and SC Villa drew 1-1 in their last league clash at Nakivubo Stadium courtesy of Herman Wasswa and Ronald Muganga goals.

George Nsimbe, the KCCA FC coach who won the league trophy as a KCCA FC player, told reporters that they are taking the game today like a cup final because it means a lot to them.

“We failed to beat Kiira Young last Sunday and put ourselves in this kind of position. But we must be focused and play like defending champions who are ready to die a little and retain the title,” added Nsimbe.

Martin Mpuuga, the SC Victoria University skipper, also thinks they need a miracle this afternoon if they are to emerge champions of the FUFA Super League.

“We pray that table leaders KCCA FC fail to win their game against SC Villa, while we beat Bright Stars FC to win the title,” said Mpuuga.

Simo Dubajic, the SC Victoria University chairman, said he is still a happy man even if his team finish second on the log.

“I have all reason to be happy because we won the Uganda Cup trophy in our first season and now we are in contention for the league title and at the semifinal stage of the Uganda Cup,” reasoned Dubajic.

The SC Victoria University coach, Morley Byekwaso, said they will have to be very cautious against Bright Stars FC because the game means a lot to their team. “This is not an ordinary game, but one that means a lot for us,” added the coach.

The other games on the card will see fourth-placed SC Vipers face Masaka LC, while bottom-placed CRO FC host Soana FC in Mbale.

Proline FC, who will play in the lower division next season, will be away to army side Simba FC, while Entebbe FC hosts Express FC.

Coach Paul Nkata’s URA FC will battle Bidco.

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