Soana coach Alex Isabirye Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Soana coach Alex Isabirye Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Soana new boss Alex Isabirye says Soana’s encounter with bottom side JMC on Tuesday at Kavumba Recreational Ground is a ‘crucial game’ for his side struggling for form.

Isabirye, formerly at URA, Bul and Kirinya-Jinja SSS takes charge of his first home game as Soana head coach, needing victory to halt the side’s winless run of six matches.

Soana have failed to win a league game since December 3, when they beat Bul 3-0 at Kakindu Stadium, leaving them in a worrying state, and defeat to basement side JMC on Tuesday would see them dragged further into trouble.

Heading into tomorrow’s clash, Soana, eighth in the league standings are only five points above the red line, and Isabirye is aware that his troops need a win soon to help turn their flagging campaign around.

Isabirye said: “Our season is in a balance. We can still finish in a good position but we need to start winning games and I know we shall get those wins.

“This team is good. I was impressed with what I saw on Friday against URA. I saw some really talented players and I was amazed. Not only the talent but also the willpower and the spirit in the team. We lost yes, but I was happy with the performance.

“Tomorrow we play JMC, it is a very crucial game because failure to win will only mean more trouble for us. It is a key game for us.”

Seated bottom of the table with only eight points, JMC have endured a torrid campaign. They have conceded the most number of goals (33) and remain the only side in the top flight yet to win a game this season.

Despite their dreadful campaign, Isabirye predicts a tough encounter with the side.

He said: “It is going to be a very tough game. They are bottom yes, but they have shown their fighting spirit. They have been fighting for points and they have never given up. The need to find that win still drives them and they will come with the same spirit. They need a win; we need a win so it will be a very tight game.”

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