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In a thrilling encounter at Masindi Stadium, SC Villa faced off against Kitara FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 16. Despite a valiant effort, SC Villa suffered a disappointing defeat, with Kitara emerging victorious with a 2-0 scoreline.

The match kicked off with both teams showing intent, but it was SC Villa who created the early chances. In the 7th minute, Charles Lwanga’s effort was punched out by Kitara’s goalkeeper, setting the tone for an intense battle.

As the first half progressed, SC Villa continued to press forward, with Lwanga coming close with a header that sailed just above the crossbar in the 22nd minute. Despite their efforts, The Jogoos were denied by Kitara’s defense, with a denied handball in the 25th minute.

The game saw its fair share of physicality, with yellow cards shown to the Jogoos’ skipper Semakula and substitute Abas Kyeyune for confrontations with the referee after fouls on Kakande and Kiwanuka in the 40th minute.

At halftime, the score remained deadlocked at 0-0, with both teams eager to break the deadlock in the second half. SC Villa continued to push forward after the break, with Meddie Kibirige pulling off a fantastic save to deny Kitara from scoring from a corner in the 59th minute.

“We came into this game with ofcos an ambition of winning and going on to the next stage of the competition but unfortunately we were short of chances. We are shifting focus to the Uganda Premier League and hope for better results back home!”* – Defender Gavin Kizito

However, despite their efforts, the Jogoos found themselves trailing in the 80th minute when Kitara’s Frank Tumwesigye capitalized on a corner to take the lead. The situation worsened for the Jogoos in the 85th minute after Paul Mucurezi doubled the home side’s advantage with another goal.

Despite late substitutions and a spirited effort, SC Villa couldn’t find a way back into the game, and the final whistle blew with Kitara emerging victorious with a 2-0 win. With this result, SC Villa bowed out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.

The Jogoos will return to action on Saturday 9th March at Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku in the startimes Uganda Premier League against Express FC