- Uganda Premier League
- Friday, February 24
- Soana vs Police – 4:30pm, Kavumba
Police return to Kavumba Recreational Ground for the first time since shifting to Nakivubo Stadium looking to continue with their resurgence in the Uganda Premier League.
Given how unconvincing their Friday opponents – Soana have started the year, the Cops will start as favourites at the ground they lost 3-0 to their former neighbours in the first round.
Go back the start of the season and Police were in a mess. Having won just thrice in the first round, Police gathered just 14 points, leaving them at risk of getting relegated.
But since the appointment of Abdallah Mubiru as head coach late last year, that has changed. While survival is not confirmed as yet, the side is enjoying a brilliant run which means they could maintain their Premier League status.
Mubiru’s charges have scored nine goals while conceding just once in four straight victories in all competitions. League successes over Sadolin Paints and Proline followed their victory over Maroons in the Uganda Cup Round of 64.
Tuesday’s triumph at Nakivubo Stadium over The Saints in the Uganda Cup was the most impressive of the lot as a 4-1 win took the side to the last sixteen at the expense of Moses Basena and his boys.
Two players have specially impressed in the Cops’ attack. Striker Hood Kawesa who had a silent first round has come to life in the second round. He scored against Sadolin Paints in the League and was also twice on target on Tuesday against The Saints in the Uganda Cup.
The other player is new addition William Wadri (on loan from Vipers) who has scored just one goal since joining the side but has been a handful to defenders.
Goalkeeper, Yasin Mugabi has also impressed in goal, with two clean sheets kept in his two league games as a Police player.
As a team though, Police have conceded 22 goals. That’s only five less than the worst defence (of JMC Hippos).
Soana, fifth in the league and only five points ahead of their opponents haven’t won a league game since last year in December when they beat Bul 3-0.
It looked like they had finally gotten their first league win in 2017 last week against Bright Stars, but that didn’t happen as a 90th minute penalty from Sula Sebunza denied the Kavumba side victory.
Prior to the Bright Stars game, Soana drew 1-1 with league debutants Kirinya-Jinja SSS.
New head coach George Lutalo will be keen to find his first win as Soana tactician.