Week 19 Fixtures:

KCC FC  Vs Express FC – Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo

Masaka LC Vs Police FC – Masaka Recreational Stadium, Masaka

 Vipers FC VS Simba FC – Kitende Grounds, Entebbe road

 Entebbe FC Vs SC Villa – Wankulukuku Stadium

 Bright Stars VS  Soana – Nakivubo Stadium, Kampala

BUL FC  Vs CRO FC – Kakindu Stadium, Jinja

How fast times change! A national super league football fixture between Kampala City Council (KCC) and arch rivals, Express football club was well publicized in the different fora of the media – print and electronic including the social media.

The fixture would be the talk of the town for the past fortnight along the streets, sports talk shows, markets, training venues, offices, mention the place.

As the two sides face off this Tuesday at the Phillip Omondi stadium in Lugogo, both teams are eager to preserve the rich pride and the long history at the respective clubs.

“We shall approach the game like any of our other fixtures but definitely going for the three points”, Express head caoch, Wasswa Bbosa talks of the game.

KCC humiliated eastern side, CRO in an 8 – 1 drubbing at Lugogo last week will also use the fixture as another preparatory match for the players head of the first leg of the CAF Champions’ league away game to Zambian opposition, Nkana Red Devils.

In Strikers, William Wadri, Herman Wasswa, Tony Odur and hat-trick hero against CRO, Michael Birungi, KCC has the attacking threat to open up the Express backline of the burly Ivan Sserukuma (left back), Shafiki Balaki (right back) and the central defence pairing of Henry Katongole and Tadeo Lwanga.

The Express defense  has conceded two goals in 2 matches (against Police and Kira Young) since the league second round kicked off.

KCC tactician, George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe is most likely to name striker, Herman Wasswa and midfielder, Tom Matisko on the starting team after being rested against CRO last week.

“I never wanted to fatigue my players (Herman and Matisko) against CRO since we have a big crop of players who can all deliver”, Nsiimbe told Kawowo Sports in an exclusive interview.

Express tagged ‘Mukwano gwa Bangi’ will make that short trip to Lugogo to redeem image having lost to the log leaders, Kira Young 0 – 1 last Friday, thanks to an Emma Obatire strike.

They will look to dribbling ace, Allan Kyambadde and Skipper, Willy Kavuma for creativity in the midfield as wasteful strikers Juilus Ogwang and Musa Mukasa make amends with goals upfront.

It is not yet clear if goalie, Kansole Ssonko, who has had very horrible days in the Express goal posts will pave way for his number two.

Other games:

Bul –Bidco Vs CRO – Kakindu Stadium, Jinja

Jinja side, Bul Bidco, fresh from upsetting Vipers football club (2-1) will host the league’s whipping boys,  CRO at the Kakindu Stadium.

With an assured home crowd that cheers for the entire match duration, Bul will target maximizing on the goal difference as team skipper, Patrick ‘Crespo’ will hope to build account on  his already 10 goals in the bag.

Left dribbling ace, Aziz Kemba and his counterpart at the right, Martin Kivumbi will supply the balls as Peter Katumba perfects the spoilers’ role in the middle of the pack.

Players like Kato Hussein, who have had limited appearances season long are expected to have a run in as the game progresses.

Vipers Vs Simba – Kitende Sports Grounds

Beaten 1 -2 at Kakindu, Vipers faces army side, whose last outing was a win against the Abu Kigeny coached Masaka L.C at the recreation stadium in the country side town of Masaka.

Seldom does Vipers choke on home turf, an indicator that the fixture will be breathe taking one because Simba requires the maximum points too for a respectable position in the league.

Masaka L.C Vs Police:

In Ronald Lukungu, Masaka L.C has an inspirational and explemary figure that commands and takes responsibilities once his other 10 charges backfire.

Relegation candidates, Masaka Local Council will surely look to avoid a home loss, which will of course be the second since the start of the second round.

Mahad Kawesa, score against Simba is expected to continue his impressive showing at the poverty struck side.

Angelo Lonyesi will look to left back, Rogers Kalyango, Andrew Basooma and the towering forwards Umaru Kasumba and Benson Ociti for magic that will bring down the stars at Nakivubo.

Bright Stars Vs Soana – Nakivubo Stadium

Home side, Bright Stars, coached by one of the finest passers of the ball in the country, Livingstone Mbabazi, love to pass, pass and pass the ball often times, delaying if not forgetting for that crucial killing punch – shaking the goal nets.

Against SC Villa last Friday, the Kawempe based side was well assured of that 12thplayer in the stands – the women fans, who gained entrance free of charge. The team struggles to score even though the buildup is excellent but in Anthony Bongole (scorer against Villa) and the tricky towering Hassan Kikoyo, they have a perfect match up upfront that would make any local side coach envious.

At the backline, skipper Benard Muwanga will have to be at his best to approach the bully style of the striking duo of Peter ‘Crouch’ Ssenyonjo, Francis Olaki and the pacy winger, Dan Wagaluka.

Entebbe F.C Vs SC Villa – Wankulukuku

This is dubbed the ‘battle of the wounded lions’. Since the start of the second round, neither team has managed to bag the maximum 3 league points.

Crafty left back Sunday Mukiibi, the Entebbe F.C skipper, one of the oldest members on the team will be tasked to make marauding runs typical of the contemporary full back to assist his young brothers, Abram Ndugwa and Bajja Lorenzo as the veteran forward; Yusuf Kinene awaits that wonderful delivery up front.

Matia Lule, visibly missing on the bench as his team played against URA last Friday is most likely to return to the side and name a formidable line up though he will still miss the services of the combative midfielder, Nyanzi (red carded against Bul Bidco during that 1 all draw at Lugogo).

If Matia Lule’s absence on the Entebbe F.C technique bench continues, trainer cum assistant coach, Alex ‘Mabanga’ Gitta will take over the ruins of the club that are sure relegation candidates unless a super miracle equated to the biblical ‘manna’ gravitating from Heaven befalls.

His counterpart at SC Villa, Steven Bogere is most likely to welcome back midfielder, Arthur ‘Asha’ Mukisa (missed 1 -1 draw action with Bright Stars) as he maintains skipper Ayub Kisaliita in the backline and the attacking option of the duo left winger, Ronald Muganga and the Burly Nigerian, Emmanuel Emanayo.

A happy Viewing of which ever match you will catch. Keep on Kawowo sports for updates on facebook and twitter as the games get underway.

Week 18 Results:

Kiira Young 1-0 Express

Bright stars 1-1 SC Villa

Proline 0-0 SCVU

BUL 2-1 Vipers-Kakindu

Masaka 1-1 Simba

Soana 1-0 Police

Entebbe 1-2 URA

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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