SC Villa wins title after Two decades of admiration from neighbors

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SC Villa, one of Uganda’s most storied football clubs, made history by ending their 20-year national championship drought with a thrilling victory in the 2023-24 Uganda Premier League. The Jogoos claimed the title with a 2-0 away win over NEC at the MTN Omondi Stadium in Lugogo on a Saturday evening that will be remembered for years to come.

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The tension was palpable as both teams fought for the coveted trophy, but it was SC Villa who emerged victorious with two second-half goals that secured their championship win. Charles Lwanga and Hakim Kiwanuka were the heroes of the day, as they found the back of the net to give Villa the edge they needed to clinch the title.

The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that SC Villa finished the season on top of the table with 57 points, just one point ahead of their closest rivals, BUL and Vipers SC. Despite BUL and Vipers also securing wins on the final day of the season, it was SC Villa who ultimately lifted the trophy, much to the delight of their loyal fans.

Kampala City painted blue

The scenes at the MTN Omondi Stadium were nothing short of spectacular as jubilant Villa fans celebrated their team’s success. The stadium was awash with blue flags and cheers as the players basked in the glory of their record-extending 17th league title. This victory was not only a triumph for the team but also a tribute to their legendary captain, Paul Hasule, who passed away 20 years ago.

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Under the guidance of Serbian coach Dusan Stojanovic, SC Villa showcased exceptional football throughout the season, captivating fans with their skill and determination. The team’s journey to the title was marked by standout performances and memorable victories, culminating in a well-deserved championship win.

Impressive finish for the top 4

Apart from SC Villa’s triumph, the final day of the season provided no shortage of drama across the league. From BUL’s dominant 3-0 win over Busoga to Vipers SC’s impressive 4-1 victory against Mbarara City, the day was filled with excitement and fervor as teams battled for their final standings.

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Two joined Arua Hill in the Big League

The relegation battle also kept fans on the edge of their seats, with UPDF securing a late escape with a crucial 1-0 win over Wakiso Giants. Unfortunately, Gaddafi, Busoga United, and Arua Hill were not as fortunate, finding themselves relegated to a lower division at the end of the season.In the midst of all the highs and lows, SC Villa’s triumph stood out as a shining moment in Ugandan football history. Their victory not only ended a two-decade wait for a league title but also served as a testament to the resilience, talent, and passion of the players and fans who make the beautiful game what it is.

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