Tuesday 15th December 2020.
· SC Villa Vs KCCA FC , Bombo Military Barracks Grounds-Bombo (4:00 pm) live on Sanyuka TV
· Soltilo Bright Stars FC Vs MYDA FC , Kavumba Recreation Ground-Wakiso (4:00pm )
· BUL FC Vs URA FC, Kyabazinga Stadium-Bugembe,Jinja (4:00pm)
· Onduparaka FC Vs Wakiso Giants FC , Green Light Stadium-Arua (4:00 pm)
· Police FC Vs Busoga United FC, MTN Omondi Stadium-Lugogog (4:00pm
KAMPALA – SC Villa is set to become the first club to accommodate fans to the stadium this season when they host KCCA FC on Tuesday at the Bombo Military Barracks Grounds.
“Due to the strict COVID-19 pandemic standard operating procedures, only 200 of the registered Club members will be allowed into stadiums on the basis of first come first serve as communicated by The Club,” a message on the club website reads in part.
The club has however advised the fans that fail to make it to the stadium to follow the updates on its social media channels.
The Ugandan Premier League (UPL) heads into match day four on Tuesday (today) but the first three match days went on without fans owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, but after clubs wrote to Fufa asking if they could be allowed to have less than 200 fans, the FA granted the same.
“Fufa stipulates that only season ticket holders and a maximum of 200 will be guaranteed access to stadiums. As of today, Villa have more than 200 registered season ticket holders and we are working behind the clock to ensure that all our registered members get a chance of watching the team live in action at our home ground,” the club said in earlier communication.
In the letter to all top-flight clubs, signed by Deputy Chief Executive officer Kiiza Decolas, the Federation said: “Fufa has received numerous outcries by clubs and stakeholders about the need to allow fans into stadia under the existing directives and guidelines from the President, Ministry of Health and other government agencies.
“Pursuant to Article 10(2) of the Fufa Covid-19 Regulations “spectators shall only be allowed with written permission from Fufa.”
In the three matches played so far, Villa has drawn 2-2 with Bul (away), beaten Mbarara City 3-0 at home and lost 2-1 to URA FC on the road.
The record league winners however face a harder task in KCCA. The visitors are in fine form and have won all their three games of the campaign.
After losing to URA in the last minute of the game, coach Edward Kaziba’s boys hope to count on their fans’ support and possibly, forge a positive response.
“The team has reflected on the shortcomings of our loss in the previous fixtures and we have learned a lot from it. We hope not to repeat similar mistakes and we come into this fixture searching for a win,” Kaziba told club media on Monday.
“We are well aware of the attacking threat tomorrow’s opponents pose to us but we are well prepared to neutralize them. My players recovered very well both physically and mentally from match day three,” Kaziba added.
He continued, “My technical team is also aware of their compact defense but have also taken note of their vulnerabilities to which we will capitalize in order to come out of this derby on top.”
On the other hand, Mike Mutebi, the KCCA manager has downplayed his side’s current form and thinks the fate of both teams will be determined after the final whistle. “These are two traditional and most successful clubs in Uganda. It is going to be a tough match. The rivalry will always be there between these two clubs and this will be seen on the pitch,” he said.
The game is the second away game for the Kasasiro boys this season. The first away game had the 13 Uganda Premier League Champions win 2-1 against Brightstars FC
The two teams last met at MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo last season where KCCA triumphed 4-1.