MUBs, Gulu Face Off

The University Football League (UFL) resumes today at the quarterfinal stage when former winners Makerere University Business School (Mubs) take on Gulu University.

Mubs start as big favourites to overrun a Gulu side making its maiden appearance in the tournament but the pressure will be on the former after last season’s disaster. Mubs were many peoaple’s pick to win the tournament but got knocked out in the quarters. The first challenge for Mubs coach Charles Ayieko is that this first leg is away in Gulu, which is not an easy fixture by any measure.

Throughout the group stage, Gulu proved to be stubborn to break down at their homeground and limped into the quarterfinals courtesy of Constantine Ochwo’s goals there. He is their biggest strength and almost singlehandedly carries the team. On the flip side, he is also their Achilles heel because overly rely on him. It’s difficult to figure out exactly how good Gulu are, given the three-month break since their last competitive encounter.

They took three points from Ndejje University in the group stage, forced a stalemate with Busitema University but got destroyed by Nkumba University and Kyambogo University. Ochwo still appears to have plenty left in the tank, while Peter Komaketch, a mid-season acquisition, seems like a huge bargain if his performances in friendlies are anything to go by.

Nonetheless, Mubs are undoubtedly primed to go through regardless of a first leg deficit.

Elimination in this stage would be a huge disappointment after dominating the group phase. They won four games and drew one in Group B and remain unbeaten as they search for a second title after triumphing in 2012.

Source : The Observer

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