URA FC Captain, Jimmy Kulaba celebrates after scoring against SC Villa. The Tax Men have beaten champions KCCA Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
  • Saturday December 10, 2016
  • URA Vs KCCA – Mehta Grounds, Lugazi @ 4pm
[/media-credit] URA FC Captain, Jimmy Kulaba celebrates after scoring against SC Villa. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

In the aftermath of a 1-1 stalemate with Sadolin Paints in midweek, KCCA will be eager to beat URA when the two teams meet in the league on Saturday.

The Tax Collectors have so far had a disappointing season in which they have won just three times but have only lost once in 14 league meetings.

Kefa Kisala’s men, sixth on the log with 19 points have already been written off as contenders this season with just half way but if they are to keep the slim hopes of winning the title, they have to beat the leaders.

Kisala is well aware of this but is confident his boys will rise up to the occasion come D-day.

“No doubt what about the quality of the side we are facing,” he told Kawowo Sports. “They are not table leaders by mistake but have worked their way up there. They have quality in the squad but we are ready to match them,” he added.

URA come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw with SC Villa and have drawn all their games against the big teams; Vipers and Express.

As a coach, I enjoy being part of these games since they motivate players. Both teams play with a game plan which is good but we have to rectify our problems like conceding as it happened against SC Villa

On their part, KCCA assistant coach Morley Byekwaso has warned the hosts not to expect an easy game insisting the target is not to lose in Lugazi.

We have so much respect for them but we know what is at stake. We shall go there targeting maximum points and at worst, a point.

The Kasasiro have been superb at home with 100% record but remain unconvincing on the road something Byekwaso attributed to training on the astro turf always.

I think the quality of pitches away from home plays a big role but we are planning to sort that in the second round.

Team News:

URA’s Mathias Muwanga, Elkanah Nkugwa and Harry Gentle Frank are joined by midfielder Richard Wandyaka on the sidelines while Robert Mukongotya is a doubt despite returning to the team after examinations.

For KCCA, Lawrence Kasadha is out while Douglas Kisembo may not make the squad as has been of recent.

Habib Kavuma returns from suspension while Muzamiru Mutyaba is doubtful despite Byekwaso insisting he is fit for the game.

Statistics

  • URA have lost just once in the league this season – against Sadolin Paints at home.
  • KCCA have won four of the previous 12 league meetings since the 2010/12 season.
  • There has only been one goalless draw between the sides since 2011 and it was at Lugazi.
  • URA have lost just once to KCCA in Lugazi – 3-2 in the 2012/13 season in which the Kasasiro went on to lift the crown.
  • The previous three meetings have produced 15 goals with all matches ending 3-2 – twice in favour of the Tax Men.
  • KCCA are yet to keep a clean sheet away from Lugogo.

Probable Lineups

URA: Allan Owiny (GK), Fred Okot, Sam Ssekitto, Jimmy Kulaba ©, Richard Kasagga, Julius Mutyaba, Feni Ali Muhammad, Shafik Kagimu, Jimmy Lule, Bokota Labama Kamana and Emmanuel Ibe.

KCCA: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Ronald Musana, Joseph Ochaya, Denis Okot ©, Habib Kavuma, Timothy Awany, Ivan Ntege, Isaac Kirabira, Paul Mucureezi, Derrick Nsibambi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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