Sometimes in football, you’ve just got to hold your hands up and admit defeat.
However, SC Victoria Universty’s 0-1 loss away to Uganda Revenue Authority FC on Tuesday evening was evenly poised and either team could have nicked it. Hence why the vast majority of SCVU fans are feeling so downhearted after the result.
SCVU headed into the game high on confidence. Their last Premier League defeat was last season, a full five months ago, and they had only just battled to a point at Namboole on September 30th.
Yet four-time champions URA also came into the clash in very average form. They had come into this encounter with increased pressure on coach Alex Isabirye after failing to pick three points from a single game in four attempts.
In the game of firsts played at URA’s Mehta Ground in Lugazi, Jinja on, Ssentongo’s was also the first goal SCVU had conceded in five matches.
After a slow start, SCVU outplayed their hosts in the first half and failing to convert three open chances, but Isabirye’s men came into the second half more determined.
In the first half both sides cancelled each other out. In truth, it was a game of very few opportunities and ultimately, it was down to a bit of magic from the feet of Robert Ssentongo (69th minute) that proved decisive.
In the second half, SCVU just couldn’t push on after conceding the goal. There was a lack of fight, pressing and penetration which was disappointing to see.
After that moment, SCVU became more offensive while URA relaxed with a win in sight. Consequently, right fullback Jimmy Kulaba was shown red in the 73rd minute for time wasting when he saw his second yellow. The first was a rash tackle on Yasser Mugerwa in the 59th minute.
URA FC left as victors winning their first ever game over SCVU in six past encounters in a season where they have scored just once.
In terms of individual displays, there were several players who were definitely not at the races. A fatigued Murishid Juuko who had travelled with the Uganda Cranes to Togo walked back straight into the starting team but he failed to make his mark. Sloppy with the ball, he misplaced plenty of passes in key areas and offered next to nothing going forward.
Next up is 2011-12 league winners Express FC, a real test of SCVU’s character
Mathew Odong, who is suffering a dip in form at present, continued his downward slide as he found it difficult to stamp his authority on proceedings. Every time he collected the ball, the youngster was pounced on and thus couldn’t conjure up anything of real significance.
Bernard Agele was culpable for URA’s single goal as he came racing out from his box following and was dodge shamelessly by substitute Erukanah Nkugwa. The rest was history.
Muzamir Mutyaba, whose burning desire and guile that was so evident in his game early on in his arrival, has somewhat faded. He hasn’t been able to sustain his glowing form and it’s hard to put a finger on why.
Taking the positives, it was pleasing to see Yasser Mugerwa command the creative part of midfield. He’s getting on but still has the brains and work rate to play a prominent role in the squad for the rest of the campaign.
Next up is the chaotic Express away in Mutasa 1 StadiumWankulukuku, a match that the hosts need to win after they lost the abandoned match last Friday against SC Villa by forfeiture.
The match hosted at Villa’s Mityana Ssaza Ground last weekend was abandoned late in the second half after the visiting fans started pelted stones onto the pitch with the home side leading 2-1. They’ll no doubt look to recover their tally by beating SCVU.
Perhaps the home clash with Police FC days later is a more important and pressing fixture; some supporters already billing it as a ‘must win’. Should we lose again on Friday, then that might not be such an exaggeration.
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