Masavu's Sulaiman Mutta in action Credit: @ Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

FUFA Big League:

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

  • Masavu Vs Sun City
  • At Katabi Gombolola Playground, Entebbe (4:30 p.m)
[/media-credit] Masavu XI in a previous match Credit:

When Sun City hosted Masavu last year in Kasese, it rained heavily that the Nyakasanga playground in the heart of the district was unplayable due to a flooded terrain.

The home side won the physical contest 1-0, the only loss Masavu has suffered this term.

This Tuesday, the two sides face off in the return leg at the sandy lake side Katabi Gombolola play ground in Entebbe.

In between the last meeting and today’s fixtures, a lot has gone down the drain.

Masavu has maintained an enviable home and away record as they lead the Rwenzori Group with 34 points from 16 outings.

Sun City’s inconsistent results have since witnessed Asuman Bahati coached side struggle for a footing as they are now fighting for a playoff slot rather than direct promotion to the desired Uganda Premier League.

Key battles:

Before the main contest on the sandy ground, the two sides will battle technically to assemble their best team squads for the day.

Masavu’s new technical director Alex Gitta maintains their road to the top flight football officially starts on Tuesday.

We are thinking of winning six games and getting two draws as the journey to being promoted to the UPL starts on Tuesday. The players, fans and management are all aware of our target at hand.

Masavu welcomes back a couple of key players in Kenneth Tumusiime and Charles Odeke.

These are two potential match winners for the Entebbe based side coached by Allan Kabonge with Gitta as the technical director.

Odeke and Tumusiime will be joined by Onesmas Andama, Sadi Kibirango and the on-colour Sadala Ddumba in the quest for maximum points at home.

They face Sun City’s mean backline that has Patrick Kusemererwa, Ronald Kamanje, Godfrey Katusiime, Peter Betungira and goalkeeper Willington Bwambale.

Compact Midfield:

The one department that will swing the game for obvious reasons is the midfield department.

Sun City has Dutch Ddunga, Geofrey Sunday, Jolly Makata, Idirisa Mayanja, Joseph Akandwanaho and Iddi Kato for the desired magic as the home side will dwell upon team captain Henry Kiwanuka and Sulaiman Mutta for inspiration.

[/media-credit] Sun City XI against Entebbe. They won the match 1-0 courtesy of Patrick Kusemererwa’s late strike at Bugonga Stadium in Entebbe Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Defenders Moses Kiggundu (right back), Hakim Ssekitto (left back) as well as the rock solid central defensive partnership of the tried, trusted and tested Lawrence Bakiranze and Brian Nsubuga shall ensure at all time that goalie Yusuf Wasswa is well shielded for potential threats.

Recent Form:

Sun City lost their immediate last game 2-1 at Mbarara City in Mbarara (Kakyeeka Stadium) and Masavu fought for a one all draw against old rivals, Entebbe in the epic Entebbe derby last Thursday at the Fisheries Training play ground in Bugonga.

Tuesday has only one game on the menu before the other round of games on Thursday.

Three clubs shall be promoted to the Uganda Premier League at the end of the season in May 2017.

The top side per group (Rwenzori and Elgon) earns a direct slot whilst the third is determined via a promotional playoff.

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

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