Benson Muhindo came off the bench to provide an assist and score a goal in Villa's triumph over Bright Stars.
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Villa head coach Edward Kaziba hailed youngster Benson Muhindo for the excellent role he played in helping the Jogoo come from a goal down to beat Bright Stars 2-1 on Friday at Namboole.
"Muhindo has been excellent. When he came on, he gave the team direction of play by assisting and scoring a goal that has brought us three points," he said after the Premier League game.
"Though, it does not surprise me that he did all that because he is from our setup in the academy and that's what we have been grooming him for."
Muhindo came off the bench to deliver a well weighted cross connected by Emmanuel Wasswa to put Villa back on level terms after Jamil Kalisa had put Bright Star in front 16 minutes into the opening half.
Muhindo, who provided the assist two minutes after being introduced on the hour mark, took matters into his own hands 15 minutes from time when he rose highest to head in Ibrahim Kibumba's corner kick.
Villa had lacked a spark in the first half, especially going forward, in a period that saw Ambrose Kirya, Ronald Magwali and Wasswa squander chance after chance.
But when Muhindo stepped on the pitch, the tables flipped.
Kaziba also hinted on Villa's chances of winning the title. He is optimistic that his side can still catch up on leaders Vipers and defending champions KCCA at the top of the summit to win this season's championship.
"We still have a chance to win the league, there are six games remaining. Those are possible 18 points, of which anything can happen. We haven't given up completely despite lying third on the table," said the Jogoo tactician.
His side have 43 points, six behind holders KCCA (49) and 10 adrift of the Venoms (53).
Villa were reestablishing their taste for victory after falling to a 2-1 away defeat to BUL in their last game. Bright Stars, on the other hand, dropped to the 10th position from ninth and remain on 29 points, not far away from the relegation zone.
"The performance was excellent, coming from the back of losing. That's the exact response you expect from the boys," said Kaziba.
Elsewhere on Friday, Alex Isabirye Musongola's Kyetume beat Onduparaka 3-2 in a thrilling game at the Mighty Arena in Jinja.
Kyetume moved to ninth on 30 points, a place and point behind Arua-based Onduparaka.
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