Abraham Ndugwa, Masavu FC striker Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Premier League:

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • BUL Vs Masavu
  • At Kakindu Stadium (4:00 pm)

Stocky holding midfielder Herbert ‘Senior player’ Kakande will be in the spot light as BUL entertains Entebbe based Masavu at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja on Saturday.

[/media-credit] Masavu XI vs KCCA Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Kakande, one of the 12 new signings for Masavu in the second transfer window, will face a club that he once served with diligence.

Since his arrival at Masavu, the club ensured stability in the midfield department with timely blocks, interceptions and affluent ball distribution.

Alongside James Kasibante, another former BUL player now at Masavu, the Entebbe club seeks for the first victory of the second round after draws with UPDF, Maroons and lately against KCCA.

Masavu assistant coach Alex ‘Mulibanga’ Gitta completes the four match ban on the sidelines after a suspension slapped by the FUFA disciplinary panel.

Gitta, like midfielder Ddumba Sadala were suspended for four matches after alleged verbal assault of the match referees against Mbarara City in the first round.

For starters, Sadala scored the day’s penalty when Masavu outwitted BUL 1-0 during the first round encounter at the Fisheries Training Institute play ground, Bugonga on 18th November 2017.

Against Masavu, Kefa Kisala’s BUL will once again optimally utilize the home advantage that has seen giants as URA and Express fall at the dreaded Kakindu stadium.

[/media-credit] Bul line-up vs. Express Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Key matches:

BUL goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo, whose wild lunge onto Masavu captain Abraham Ndugwa resulted into the penalty conceded in the first round will be fully alert and ready to avoid such mistakes before home matches.

In Willis Otongo, captain Abu Mayanja, left back Faizo Muledhu and Yusuf Mukisa, BUL has a solid defence ready to work for a routine clean sheet at home.

Yunus Sibira, James Otim, Patrick Sembuya and Hamis Tibita are the key players in the midfield zone as Richard Wandyaka, Patrick Crespo Asiku and the sharp January signing Douglas Owori will habour the task to score the goals.

[/media-credit] BUL’s Douglas Owori (left) shields the ball away from Express’ Ayubu Kisaliita during the game at Wankulukuku stadium Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Masavu’s improved match day sqaud has the likes of goalkeeper Salim Munaku, the evergreen left back Sande Mukiibi, Moses Kiggundu, Ibrahim Mpengere and Benjamin Nyakoojo in the back line.

Charles ‘Napia’ Wamala, Herbert Kakande, Simon Namwanja, Godfrey Wasswa and James Kasibante are options in a compacted midfield.

Prodigal son Ndugwa and Arthur Ssemazi are the marksmen whose primary task will be to seek goals.

[/media-credit] Abraham Ndugwa, the captain of Masavu controls a high ball during a previous league match Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

“We are certain of surviving relegation. We need to record decent results home and away. The players i have are capable” Masavu head coach Joseph Mutyaba noted after the KCCA game.

After 18 games, Masavu is second from bottom with 17 points.

BUL, on the other hand is 11th with 21 points from 18 matches played.

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

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