Uganda Premier League: Tuesday, 15th March 2016

  • JMC Hippos F.C Vs Express F.C – Kakindu Stadium, 4:30 p.m

When Jinja Municipal Council Hippos plays host to Express Football Club at the Kakindu stadium in Jinja on Tuesday, JMC’s coach, James Odoch is worried about three of his missing stars.

JMC will approach the match minus three of the players who have been ruled out of the fixture for different reasons.

King pin central defender, Constantine Nalumoso (suspended due to card accumulation), right back Issa Magumba (knee) and the industrious forward Patrick Onyango (knee) are confirmed out.

Odoch told Kawowo Sports after the team’s last training session on Monday morning in Jinja;

We shall use the available players but it is never easy on a short notice

In Nalumoso’s absence, Odoch expects to use either former BUL F.C defender Asuman Bajampola or the versatile Jimmy Jalendo as the ‘makeshift solution’.

However, Odoch believes his concern is not the defence, but the attack.

“We need to have goal scoring forwards who convert the every chance created” the former Uganda Cranes winger whose customary attempts from long ranges became a trade mark stresses.

Since team skipper Richard Wandyaka scored four individual goals against Soana, the JMC has virtually failed to exceed two goals in a single match.

Wandyaka is expected to raise the bar with fellow striking forwards, Rajab Ajab AbdulRahiman and the returning Walter Bankene.

Last Friday, JMC Hippos fell 1-0 to Simon Okwi’s eighth minute goal against Soana at Kavumba Recreational stadium.

On Tuesday, Express travels to Jinja with an on colour striker, Tony Odur who turned down Uganda Cranes summon to the regional tour as the main target man for the goals.

In the first corresponding fixture at Wankulukuku, Express won 1-0 courtesy of Odur’s goal.

Holding midfielder, Sam Kintu still basking in the glory of donning the Cranes jersey for the first time in his life during the regional tour of West Nile will be key in this fixture.

The player is calm on the ball and his presence will add urgency to the attack  as well as that crucial back-cover in defence.

A win for Express will see the Red Eagles currently coached by Alex Gitta and Wasswa Bbosa got to 32 points above Vipers (not in action) and just in case URA falters at Lweza.

JMC Hippos is still not safe from the roving relegation monster.

Those crucial three points at home will elevate them to 27 points above 8th placed SC Villa who are not in action on Tuesday evening.

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

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