The last two times URA and SC Villa have faced off in the Bell Uganda Cup Steven Bengo has been on the winning side. He orchestrated the Jogoos’ 2-1 victory over the tax collectors as the eight-time champions clinched the Cup – their last silverware – in 2009, setting up Godfrey Ssentongo’s goal.
Bengo then crossed to Tanzanian side Yanga but fitness problems saw him return and join URA.
Little did Villa know their erstwhile golden boy was returning to haunt them, scoring in URA’s 3-1 win as the tax collectors dumped Jogoos out of the Uganda Cup in the last 16 last season. Villa make a comeback to the same Lugazi ground today looking to burry memories of their last visit as they target the semi-finals of Uganda’s oldest competition.
Bengo has just recuperated from typhoid and is a huge doubt for the tie – the first time in three years he will not be involved in the three Cup meetings between the two sides. But the midfielder has no doubts his colleagues will have work done without him.
"I’m now feeling better but I do not feel strong enough to play," he told Daily Monitor yesterday. "But we are now a stronger team than URA and I’m confident we shall win. The boys are able."
Villa coach Mike Mutebi, who will now turn to Moses Ndawula and returning Noah Ssemakula for inspiration, has heaped more pressure on URA insisting they are the favourites.
"It is the best team in the country against an improving Villa," said Mutebi, "So it should be a mouthwatering affair. But being a knock-out competition, anything can happen."