FUFA Silent On Abandoned Villa-Express Match That Was Rocked By Tear Gas

Uganda Premier League
SC Villa FC 2–1 Express
(Abandoned in the 85th minute)
Lweza FC 0–1 Vipers
Sadolin Paints 1–0 KCC
Kira Young FC 1–1 Rwenshama
Entebbe FC 1–0 Soana

The local football governing body, FUFA is yet to come out with an official statement on the city derby between sworn rivals SC Villa and Express was abandoned with five minutes to play after stones were thrown and tear gas fired at Ssaza Ground in Mityana on Friday.

Despite Express pulling a goal back late on through Godfrey Lwesibawa, the game was abandoned after a fight.
Despite Express pulling a goal back late on through Godfrey Lwesibawa, the game was abandoned after a fight. NET Photo

FUFA controls the technical side of the Uganda Premier League and Red Pepper Online edition understands they received the referees’ report is submitted to the league committee on Friday night and a final decision would have been taken on the ugly scenes.

BEHAVE; SC Villa coach Sam Ssimbwa helps Bbosa away from trouble. © Sports Mania
BEHAVE; SC Villa coach Sam Ssimbwa (c) helps Bbosa away from trouble. © Sports Mania

Hosts Villa were leading this match 2-1 at the time of the abandonment.

Erisa Ssekisambu and Hassan Wasswa had given the Jogoos a 2-0 first-half lead while Godfrey Lwesibawa got the Red Eagles’ goal on 82 minutes.

With Villa leading 2-0, a section of agitated Express fans started throwing objects, which from their velocity looked like stones, at the Villa goalkeeper. This forced the referee to temporarily stop the game.

CAT FIGHTS; Zikusooka and Bbosa wrestle before police fired tear gas. © Sports Mania
CAT FIGHTS; Zikusooka and Bbosa wrestle before police fired tear gas. © Sports Mania

Calm was restored and the game proceeded before the half time whistle went shortly thereafter. Play resumed after recess but every passing minute was tense.

Express then pulled one back through Lwesibawa on 82 minutes but tension continued brewing.

And when a journalist, who the Red Eagles corner accused of being a Villa fan, attempted to take pictures of Express coach Wasswa Bbosa, all hell broke loose.

UGLY; A scene in the stadium as the game stopped © Sports Mania
UGLY; A scene in the stadium as the game stopped © Sports Mania

Bbosa would not have any of it. The next action saw the two up in a shoving contest, the electricity spreading and tear gas being fired by police. The game had to be abandoned with five minutes to play.

The disciplinary committee will have to sit and review the referees’ match report before making a decision on the fate of the game.

As such, second-placed Villa remain on nine points from four games while Express stay on seven.

DISAPPOINTING; Express FC coach Wasswa Bbosa head butted veteran radio journalist Abu Zikusooka, a vocal Jogoo’s fan, leading to the match being abandoned with five minutes left to play in Mityana. © Sports Mania
DISAPPOINTING; Express FC coach Wasswa Bbosa head butted veteran radio journalist Abu Zikusooka, a vocal Jogoo’s fan, leading to the match being abandoned with five minutes left to play in Mityana. © Sports Mania

 

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