An international break full of roses described Sc Villa’s fortnight but what followed immediately after has been a contrasting situation.
The smiles brought about by the election of Umar Mandela as club president have not yet been translated into anything nutritious on pitch.
Petros Koukouras’s side has just managed one win from the last four league games with his side looking a work in progress given the demands of the league.
But if anything to do with bouncing back after a draw at Wankulukuku and a home loss to Bul fc is to go by, the only path is for the Jogoo to crush the Caterpillar in this fixture.
On the other hand, the visitors look well set to add on to their first home win of the season as they try to put aside a terrible away record against Sc Villa.
Any point from this fixture will be accepted by George William Lutalo given that his side has just recorded a win against this opposition in its last five attempts away from home.
To get a fairer view of what happened and might still happen, www.westnilesports.com takes a critical look at the sides before the encounter, something that could go on to determine the outcome too.
Buoyed by having Umar Mandela as club president a few days ago, signs of the old good days are starting to look ripe again.
Petros Koukouras will have to deal without pacey attacker Mawa Oscar and Ali Bayo who got marching orders and injured respectively from the home loss to Bul fc earlier this the week.
The Jogoos should be worried about a dismal home record after just picking three points out of a possible nine having scored three and conceded five goals in the process.
In contrast, the caterpillars welcome back fairly fit captain Muhammed Shaban who missed the win over Police fc in Arua due to suspension but still miss skillful winger Agau Rashid due to injury.
In that regard, either of Jarieko James, Baden Mujahid, Mansur Safi or Okech Emmanuel has got to join Muhammed Shaban, if selected and Gabriel Matata upfront in the hunt for goals.
As the midfield questions continue being asked from the Arua side, it seems George William Lutalo has had a few answers in a make shift of Rashid Yakin, Ivan Okello as well as Katerega Abbasi off the Police fc game last weekend.
But more worrying statistically have been the unconvincing away results in previous encounters against Sc Villa since getting into the league in 2016 that have been the order apart from Toha Rashid’s winning free kick on 3rd October 2018 at Namboole stadium.
Head to Head
This will be the 11th meeting in between these 2 sides with Sc Villa owning the bragging rights with 6 wins as the Caterpillars having had the 4, of course with no stalemate at all.
The 10 fixtures have produced 25 goals with the Jogoos having netted 15 times and the visitors 10 times.
Of the 15 goals, 7 have come from home with Onduparaka fc having scored only 5 against Sc Villa away from home.
Muhammed Shaban scored a spectacular 88th minute winner in a 4-3 win when the sides first met in Arua on 1st October 2016.
Kabon “Messi” Living was the last Onduparaka fc player to score against Sc Villa in a 1-0 win on 11th May 2021 at the Greenlight stadium as the Jogoo’s last netted against the visitors through a Nicholas Kabonge injury time killer on 14th March 2021.
The two sides recently met in a thrilling pre-season friendly with Sc Villa coming on top with a 3-2 win through Bayo “Arshavin” Ali, Mawa “Senke” Oscar and Muhindo while the Caterpillars got registered through former Airtel Kitara striker Oloro Nathan and Aluma Musa Oscar with center back Dudu Ramathan having got sent off.
This encounter at the Njeru technical centre will be overseen by Ashadu Ssemere as match official assisted by Lydia Nantabo and Mathias Omanyira as Godfrey Ssajjabbi and Yusuf Awuye will be fourth official and match assessor respectively.