Cops go top as ‘crisis-hit’ KCCA visit flying Eagles

Wednesday February 17 2021
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Red hot. Express’ Godfrey Lwesibawa attempts a ‘rabona’ against Vipers’ Karim Watambala during a Premier league encounter between the two teams last week. Fourth placed Express take on KCCA today. PHOTO | JOHN BATANUDDE

By Monitor Team

Defeating Bul and climbing to the apex of StarTimes Uganda Premier League table was the perfect build up Police could master ahead of Friday showdown with see second placed Vipers at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende. The composure Abdallah Mubiru’s side showed in dispatching Bul 2-0 yesterday said a lot about their ambitions this season.

Police now have 16 points, one more than the champions Vipers after man of the match Johnson Odong thumped home the lead on 67 minutes as Bul failed to clear and then turned provider to Brian Mululi in the 75th at MTN Philip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.

Vipers were only able to keep pace as Yunus Sentamu’s brace ensured a 2-all draw with Kyetume at the Njeru technical centre. His second came in the 89th minute to take his season tally to five.
 
Eagles’ test
The highly anticipated encounter between arch-rivals Express and KCCA at Wankulukuku will miss the element of table leadership with much focus on how low Mike Mutebi’s team can sink. Express lie fourth on 12 points while KCCA are ninth with nine having lost their last three.

“Losing is part of the game although we lost in a bad manner but we keep on encouraging the boys. The players know that they came to a team that wins.

Express have an upper hand because they beat one of the competitors (URA) and enjoy the home advantage,” Mutebi said.
He is still without Sunday Opio, Dominic Oyella, Joseph Kafumbe, Kizza Bukenya, Joseph Ssenyonjo, Musa Ramathan, Denis Iguma, Gift Ali and Steven Serwada.

KCCA have lost thrice in six games, lack game command and suffer inconsistencies in team selection.

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Wasswa Bbosa’s Express seek to keep a close eye on the lead pack and are eager to unleash former KCCA stylish playmaker Muzamir Mutyaba on to their feeble midfield.

“We corrected some of the mistakes witnessed in the URA victory and have to make the home advantage count against KCCA so that we collect points to take us up,” Bbosa revealed.

Although he has a clean bill of health, the eccentric tactician has a shs2m fine (accumulated from his remarks against match officials in the draw with Vipers), to care about.

Kaziba must change
 SC Villa, seventh with 10 points, make three forced changes for today’s encounter against Wakiso Giants, 11th on eight, at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium in Wakiso. Emmanuel Wasswa, Kiggundu and Kakoma drop out of the team that beat Myda 1-0 on Saturday after accumulated yellow cards.

In come Muhammad Ssenoga or Francis Olaki, whose transfer is still pending, Andrew Kiwanuka and Ronald Ssekiganda, who will be deployed in the defensive role as head coach Edward Kaziba aims for back-to-back wins.

Villa beat Wakiso Giants 2-0 in their only previous meeting under the Namboole floodlights in October last year, with impressive Amir Kakomo scoring the opener. But Wakiso Giants remain unbeaten.

UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS
Busoga Utd       1-1     Bright Stars
Kitara           0-1     Mbarara City
Police           2-0     Bul
UPDF             0-1     Onduparaka
Kyetume          2-2     Vipers

 TODAY’S FIXTURES
Express         vs         KCCA, Betway Muteesa II Wankulukuku (4pm)  
LIVE ON SANYUKA TV
Myda          vs     URA, King George IV Memorial Stadium (4pm)
Wakiso Giants vs SC Villa, Kabaka Kyabbagu Stadium (4pm)


By Denis Bbosa, Fred Mwambu and George Katongole   

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