Sam Kawalya is the goalkeeping coach at Tooro United. He was previously head coach at Mbarara City and Kitara FC as well as goalkeeping coach at Express Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Premier League (Wednesday, 18th April 2018):

  • Mbarara City Vs BUL
  • At Kakyeeka Stadium (4:30 PM)
[/media-credit] Sam Kawalya, head coach at Mbarara City FC Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Debutant Uganda Premier League side, Mbarara City Football Club is in deep trouble!

Following their 1-0 loss away to Express and the Express’ recent 2-0 home win against UPDF, Mbarara City has drastically fallen to 15th on the 16 team log, barely 6 matches to the end of the season.

Such is the worry that when Mbarara City hosts Jinja based side, BUL, all they need is to win so that they could erase any worries of dropping down.

Their head coach. Samuel Kawalya remains optimistic the basic will be down for the team to survive;

We need to keep calm and work hard at the same time, we shall deliver the positive results and survive the axe

Team News:

Bul remains coach-less after the suspension of head coach Kefa Kisala and the travel of his assistant Peter Onen for national duties.

Onen is away with U-17 national team for the 2018 CECAFA U-17 championship.

In their absence last week, trainer David “Tilika” Kiwanuka took over the mantle, earning a point at home against Vipers.

BUL will miss target forward Hamis Tibita who is with the Uganda U-20 team in Kampala and Douglas Owori, who was red carded against Soana two weeks ago.

Mbarara City is still nursing the wounds of the 1-0 loss to Express last week, will hope to put home advantage to full use and configure for the perfect result before passionate home fans.

[/media-credit] Mbarara City players applause their fans in a previous match Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Key players:

South Sudanese import Makweth Wol, Eddie Mubiru, Clinton Kamugisha and Siraje Musindo will be key for Mbarara City in the quest for goals.

For BUL in absence of the suspended Owori and the Hamis Tibita, veteran Crespo Patrick Asiku and Richard Wandyaka remain the primary source for goals.

The BUL forwards will come under close scrutiny against a backline that has the tried and tested Asuman Alishe and Musa Othieno, among others.

Yunus Sibira and Daniel Shabena are other players of equal substance for the visitors.

Mbarara City’s win will help them go 12th on the team log while 9th placed BUL will rise to 32 points and assure safety from relegation politicking.

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

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