Hardly 48 hours after Uganda’s disappointing failure to qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup, local league action resumes with a series of intriguing ties even though the morale among players and fans may still be low, writes Elly Kyeyune.
The highlight of the round takes place in Lugazi when former league champions URA FC host highflying table leaders Vipers FC. Edward Golola’s side remains the only unbeaten side in the league but if there is a team with the mettle and experience to break that jinx, it is URA. And they couldn’t have got a better chance than at their Lugazi home ground.
Both teams are expected to rest key players who were part of The Cranes team that travelled to Morocco for the decisive game on Wednesday night. Vipers midfielder Farouq Miya started the 0-2 loss to Guinea whereas URA’s Robert Sentongo came on as a late substitute.
All this means the latter may miss the chance to extend his excellent run in the league having already found the back of the net six times, including a hat-trick against lowly Entebbe FC.
A win for URA will definitely breathe new life in their campaign after a poor start to the season in which they won just one of their first five fixtures. They would also pull with just three points of Vipers. On the other hand, Golola is hoping to extend his unbeaten run so far and after four clean sheets in seven games, there is every reason to prolong the run.
Kira Young at Villa fortress
Lurking in Vipers’ wings is SC Villa, who could pounce and take the table lead should the former stutter in Lugazi. Both teams have an identical goal difference, meaning it is a straight shoot-out for the table leadership.
Villa led for much of the season until their defeat to KCC FC but bounced back in the last game to defeat Rwenshama 2-0. They will be looking for maximum points against mid-table Kira Young at their Mityana home ground, where they have won four of their five league games.
This is surely set to be a cracker at Wankulukuku stadium when third-placed Express take on league debutants Lweza United. Both teams play all-out attacking style and share the same home ground, both of which make this a spicy up clash.
The Red Eagles go into the game with a rich vein of form after winning their three straight games whereas the same cannot be said of a Lweza side that blows hot and cold. In the eight league games so far, Lweza has kept a clean sheet only once and are also yet to settle for a stalemate.
In the other games Bidco FC will be bidding to continue their promising start with a trip to Kavumba to face Soana. Bidco is riding high and comfortably sit in sixth position. It is largely a result of their organization and have proven to be a hard team to break down as their two conceded goals reflect.
Meanwhile, defending champions KCC FC are also likely to give Cranes winger Brian Majwega a break from international duty when they make the trip to Bombo to face Simba.
The army side is unpredictable and has struggled a bit at their home ground. KCC won this corresponding fixture last season and will look to on-form youngster Derrick Nsibambi to provide the goals.
Uganda premier league:
Bright Stars v Sadolin Lugogo
Entebbe v Police Nakivubo
Lweza v Express Wankulukuku
Simba v KCC Bombo
SC Villa v Kira Young Mityana
SCVU v Rwenshama Namboole
Soana v Bidco Kavumba
URA v Vipers Lugazi
Source : The Observer