- Friday March 31, 2017
- Police FC Vs KCCA FC – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole @ 4.30pm
Police FC will have to do without over five first team players for the clash against KCCA who they host at Mandela National stadium, Namboole on Friday.
Hakim Ssenkumba, Martin Mpuuga, Paul Wila, Yasin Mugume and Brian Ochwo are all ineligible to play against their parent club since they are on loan according to FUFA Competitions Director, Ali Mwebe although the Kasasiro would have no problem.
That leaves Mubiru, a former KCCA tactician with few choices but he remains adamant the available players can do the job.
“We would have loved to have them but we can’t,” he told Kawowo Sports. “But that can’t be an excuse because the other available players can also do the job,” he added.
Following a brilliant start to his career at the Cops which saw him pick five wins in a row, the 2005 champions have suffered a blip and are now winless in four games on the bounce but Mubiru remains optimistic.
They have reacted well since the last game and if they can give their best on the day, they are capable of getting a result against any team.
Meanwhile, KCCA coach Mike Mutebi expects a tough outing against a team he described as ‘organised’ and coached by a ‘good’ coach.
It’s not going to be easy but like we have said, we have to go out there and perform, try to win which is going to difficult but the aim is to go there and win against an organised team coached by a good coach.
Second on the log with 42 points, KCCA will dislodge SC Villa from top spot with maximum points while Police, 11th with 24 points can move a slot high with victory.
The hosts are still minus ex-KCCA captain Sakka Mpiima through injury while goalie Yasin Mugabi is doubtful with a shoulder injury.
Good news for the cops is the return of midfield gem Rauben Kimera who was arguably the club’s best performer before he got injured.
For KCCA, Mutebi has confirmed that defender Timothy Awany is out with a groin whilst striker Robert Ssentongo is doubtful after missing a couple of training sessions with malaria.
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This will be the third meeting between Mubiru and Mutebi this season – the first two ended with a win for either; KCCA beat Vipers 1-0 in the FUFA Super Cup and the Venoms, under Mubiru won 2-1 in the league.