Express and KCC face off today. But unlike previous league ties between the two archrivals, tonightâ€™s match will only act as a preamble to Villaâ€™s crowning
It is certainly a situation that the two sides take with a pinch of salt. But for prideâ€™s sake, Express and KCC will have to briefly forget that it is Villaâ€™s day and revive Ugandaâ€™s oldest soccer rivalry.
The leagueâ€™s last match coincides with the award ceremony that will have champions Villa receiving sh20m from the sponsors Nile Breweries.
Tonightâ€™s encounter ignites a rivalry that will not even be subdued by the fact that whatever the dayâ€™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. KCCâ€™s recent blow was the clubâ€™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 scorerâ€™s prize that will be awaiting Hassan Mubiru.
But, whatever the Kampala derbyâ€™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 Mayanjaâ€™s side will get sh5m for being the best performing new entrant and the same amount for finishing fourth.
Paul Hasuleâ€™s first season with Police has earned the club sh3m for finishing fifth. Villa custodian Posnet Omony will earn the sh2m best goalkeeperâ€™s prize, the same as top scorer Hassan Mubiru.
Villa however preferred an awards ceremony coinciding with the clubsâ€™ matches.