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By Vision Reporter

Added 12th October 2002 03:00 AM

Express and KCC face off today. But unlike previous league ties between the two archrivals, tonight’s match will only act as a preamble to Villa’s crowning

Express and KCC face off today. But unlike previous league ties between the two archrivals, tonight’s match will only act as a preamble to Villa’s crowning

Express and KCC face off today. But unlike previous league ties between the two archrivals, tonight’s match will only act as a preamble to Villa’s crowning, writes James Bakama.

It is certainly a situation that the two sides take with a pinch of salt. But for pride’s sake, Express and KCC will have to briefly forget that it is Villa’s day and revive Uganda’s oldest soccer rivalry.
The league’s last match coincides with the award ceremony that will have champions Villa receiving sh20m from the sponsors Nile Breweries.
Tonight’s encounter ignites a rivalry that will not even be subdued by the fact that whatever the day’s result, the league standings will not be affected.
The Red Eagles thirst for revenge promises to be one of the catalysts for thrills.
A star- studded Express in the first round trotted to Nakivubo determined to humble an ordinary looking KCC, only to lose 1-0.
That was the starting point of the decline in the Red Eagles in a season that started off with the Wankulukuku side as hot favourites.
For KCC coach Sam Ssimbwa there can be no better way for the Lugogo side to wind up a tumultuous season than to win against their arch rivals. KCC’s recent blow was the club’s recent dismissal from the Kakungulu Cup.
Express have reason to be more relaxed given that their runners-up position already assures them a continental slot.
There can also be no better morale booster for the Red Eagles attack than the sh2m top scorer’s prize that will be awaiting Hassan Mubiru.
But, whatever the Kampala derby’s result, the spotlight will be on the awards ceremony.
The Joogos who recently lifted a record 14th league title, and now eyeing a record sixth league and cup double, should walk away from Nakivubo with the biggest smile.
It will be yet another sh20m cheque for Villa, who ensured that the league was a one horse race by losing only five points.
Express will walk away with sh10m while third placed KCC will get a sh8m cheque. URA Lyantonde might be a league debutante, but their sh10m prize makes even more seasoned sides envious. Jackson Mayanja’s side will get sh5m for being the best performing new entrant and the same amount for finishing fourth.
Paul Hasule’s first season with Police has earned the club sh3m for finishing fifth. Villa custodian Posnet Omony will earn the sh2m best goalkeeper’s prize, the same as top scorer Hassan Mubiru.
Villa however preferred an awards ceremony coinciding with the clubs’ matches.

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