Villa Legend: Vipers Can Emulate Villa 91 to Oust Enyimba, Warns of Hostility

Mukatabala (with ball) in his days at Villa

Africa premier club competitions; The Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup are taking centre stage this weekend with very exciting fixtures on card across the continent.

Vipers SC are out on duty to represent the country in Nigeria in the Champion’s League against Enyimba FC where the same old tales of a hostile away treatment are expected to keep reverberating in our ears.
But do they really have to undergo this?

“We expect anything away (Nigeria). You have seen how they acted when they arrived here from the training pitch to Hotels we offered them. They turned them down and I have heard media complaining the team refused to speak to anyone, hospital ” Vipers Captain Nicholas Wadada told media after their 1-0 first leg victory over Enyimba FC.

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Paul Mukatabala speaks.
Several unfounded stories have been making rounds in the media claiming that no Ugandan club has ever picked a win from Nigerians.

“First it’s false that we (Ugandans) have never beaten Nigerians, ” Paul Mukatabala, an idolized Villa legend narrates to Chimp Sport.

“First there was Villa 91 in the Caf Champions league against Iwuanyuanwu Nationale in the semi finals. We won 3-2 in Kampala with Magid Musisi scoring twice then drew 1-1 in the return match in Owerri, Nigeria. Magid Musisi scored the equalizer deep in the 2nd half, heading in from a Sula Kato corner kick into the net.”

“The referee in that game in Nigeria was terrible, awarding Iwuanyuanwu two dubious penalties in the first 20 minutes. Goalkeeper, Mike Mukasa saved the first one and they scored from the second one. Worse was the match Commissioner from Ivory Coast who was drunk and slept throughout the game, ignoring our complaints. We battled through to reach our first (continental) final ever.”

“The Nigerians were devastated and couldn’t attend the party arranged by the Governor of Owerri State at his residence, after the match leaving us to enjoy the drinks and food.”

Hostile Away environment
Mukatabala commends Vipers for the 1st leg advantage but cautions the team management about complacency in off pitch affairs.

He says, “Vipers should go there prepared for anything especially after winning the 1st leg. They better carry some of their own food or enough money to buy what they need.”
1992 Albiola cup, now Caf Confederations Cup.
In 1992 SC Villa faced Shooting Stars from Imoh State, Nigeria in the final of the Caf Abiola Cup. The two played to a barren draw in Kampala. The return leg raised eyebrows in the kind of treatment SC Villa received away.

“In the return leg, we were thrashed 3-0. But this time the trick was in the food at our team hotel. Nigerians are known to love food with a lot of pepper and curry. Our Team Manager requested for food without pepper for our entire stay at the hotel. But to our surprise, despite constant reminders to the hotel management, this didn’t happen. If anything for all the 2 days before the game, the food had too much pepper, none of us could take it. We were left weak and hungry. On the match day, Shooting Stars took an early lead in the first half and we didn’t recover. Surprisingly after the match, we were served with the kind of food we had all along been requesting (no pepper & curry).”

The Ugandan champions are expected to travel out on Thursday night headed to Port Harcott where the game will be played on Saturday27. The aggregate winner of the tie will advance to the next stage.


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