Sadolin's Fred Kyambade in earlier action Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Saturday, March 4

Sadolin Paints vs. Bright Stars – Namboole, 4:00pm

[/media-credit] Sadolin’s Fred Kyambade in action against SC Villa recently Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Sadolin Paints and Bright Stars battle at the Mandela National Stadium, Nambole on Saturday, with the home side still looking for their first Premier League point in 2017.

Heading into the game, the Painters occupy the 13th position in the league and manager Peter Kirumira is under pressure to ensure that they do not get relegated this season.

The Jinja outfit impressed many in the first round when they went nine games unbeaten. The side drew against three league giants KCCA (who are currently leading the pack), Vipers and Express.

During that same period, they handed Soana -who were then one of the in form teams- their first home defeat and were responsible for URA’s first loss of the campaign when they beat the tax collectors 2-1 at Mehta Stadium.

That was the form the Painters enjoyed last year, but since losing 1-0 to Onduparaka in December, the side has lost its mojo. Three consecutive defeats have since followed including a 2-0 loss to league debutants Kirinya-Jinja SSS at the start of February.

Sadolin Paints’ problems in front of goal have been well documented, with them failing to score in four successive matches. They have only seen the back of the net eight times this season, striker Norman Ojik scoring five of those.

In stark contrast to the Painters, Bright Stars are one of the form teams in the league at the moment. The Kawempe side has put together a six-match unbeaten run.

Fred Kajoba’s team has not lost a league game since that humbling 5-3 defeat to SC Villa in November last year.

They made sure of that run a fortnight ago when defender Sula Ssebunza struck a 90th minute penalty to end it all square with Soana at the Champions Stadium.

Bright Stars go into tomorrow’s game placed seventh in the league with 25 points. Victory at Nambole will elevate them to the fifth position currently occupied by URA

Sadolin are 13th with 17 points.

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