Friday 31st January 2020
URA FC vs KCCA FC| 4: 00 pm (EAT) | Startimes Uganda Premier League
The Arena of Visions, Bombo
KCCA FC will visit 5th placed URA FC in-game day 20 at the Arena of Visions, Bombo
KCCA FC and URA FC played out a one-all draw in the reverse fixture at Startimes Stadium, Lugogo in November.
Teenager Allan Okello’s 53rd-minute strike canceled out Ashraf Mandel’s 8th-minute opener.
URA FC is yet to lose a game in the second round of the league. The 5th placed side has won thrice and shared spoils in their last fixture against Tooro United FC in Tooro.
KCCA FC’s previous cup game produced a huge setback when striker Sadat Anaku limped off injured despite him scoring earlier in the game. The extent of the number 14’s absence is not known as yet but it is certain he will not feature against the tax collectors.
The striker’s absence means there will be a change in tactics to accommodate some players in the team.
Mike Mutebi is faced with a huge injury dilemma at the club. With Anaku and Muzamiru injured, Ssenyonjo without a league license, the Gaffer’s firepower upfront could be short of spark.
Moses Aliro was handed his maiden away game and proved that he can be quite an asset to the team. The pint-sized man was fielded as a right-back and later played in a three-man attack in the wee hours of the game.
Magambo Peter started his third game on the bounce and he executed very well, also provided the assist for Anaku’s goal.
The defending Champions have scored the most goals this term, 37 and conceded 17 times in the nineteen games played so far this season and also boast of the best goal difference at 20+
URA FC lies 5th with 30 points from 19 games. The tax collectors know a win against the Champions with a margin of three goals and above will elevate them to the third position on the log.
Mike Mutyaba took part in the last training session and will be part of the squad traveling to Bombo.
Sekisambu, Mike, Poloto, and Aliro will be tasked to hunt for goals against the tax collectors. Aliro is likely to be fielded in a more advanced role which means Musa or Obenchan could start at right back.
A Julius Poloto start will mean he will be making his second league start since March 2019.
Sam Ssenyonjo is likely not to feature because of licensing issues.
Kizza Mustafa is likely to retain his position at left-back for the second time in the league in this second round.
Jurua Hassan, John Odumegwu, Steven Sserwadda, and Opio Sunday are ruled out due to injury. Jackson Nunda is still undertaking rehabilitation that he commenced on Tuesday 7th January.
Sadam Juma is back training but still in search of proper match fitness
Keziron Kizito, Eric Ssenjobe, and Simon Serunkuma are other players ruled out.
Malyamungu, Lukwago, Obenchan, Aliro, Magambo, Kizza, Achai, Musa, Musana, Kato, Revita, Kasozi, Gift, Sadam, Kafumbe, Mike Mutyaba, Ssekisambu, Poloto.
- KCCA FC has collected 24 points from the last 19 games played against URA FC. While the tax collectors have collected 27 points from the last 19 games played against KCCA FC.
- KCCA FC has lost 4 times this season. All losses have been away from home. URA FC has lost three times this season. once at home and twice away.
- KCCA FC averages 1.95 goals scored per match. 2.20 at home and 1.67 away from home. URA FC averages 1.05 goals scored per match. An average of 1.00 goals at home and 1.11 away.
In the pre-match presser, Manager Mike Mutebi had this to say;
We want to go to Bombo and pick maximum points. We want to close the gap between us and the log leaders.
Unfortunately, Anaku, Opio are out due to injury. But we shall have able replacements.
It is going to be a difficult game there in Bombo but we shall try to negotiate the tie.
We have a squad of 18 players that we hope to choose from who will get the task done in Bombo.
If the boys can do what we have tasked them to do, then i am sure we shall get the points in Bombo.Mike Mutebi on the league game against URA FC