Saturday May 20 2017

Quintet hope to escape looming relegation monster

By Elvis Senono


The jubilant scenes which the Kirinya - Jinja supporters greeted the final whistle at the end of their goalless draw with Lweza at Wankulukuku on Tuesday was that of a team that had survived relegation.
In truth though, the Jinja-based side still need a point from today’s game against Proline to extend their stay in the Azam Uganda Premier League beyond one season.
With 32 points and in 10th position on the 16-team log, they are one of four teams that could join Sadolin and JMC in the Big League. They can, however, count on a consistent defensive line of Tom Ikara, Allan Drajua, Moses Kamya, Livingstone Mulondo and Mike Kawooya that have been mainstays throughout the season.
The five have formed the second best defensive record and go into the final day having conceded just 20 goals in 29 games.
Another Jinja-side Bul also require a point from their home fixture against Onduparaka having also collected 32 points but with an inferior goal difference to Kirinya. Bright Stars, who are a point below on 31 need a win over already relegated JMC to extinguish Lweza’s hopes of survival.
They have, however, been in free-fall mode in the second round, winning once in 14 games.
Lweza, are currently in the most dangerous position of all the four teams that are yet to secure topflight league status and occupy the final relegation spot with 29 points. They must win their game against Police and hope other results got their way.
Elsewhere Police were by press time still awaiting the verdict from their aborted game against JMC on Tuesday to stay afloat.