Fred Kajoba and Paul Kiwanuka on duty while still at Bright Stars Football Club Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
Will Sam Ssimbwa could afford a smile by the close of business as Bright Stars face URA at Namboole? (Photo: JOHN BATANUDDE) Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cup | Round of 16

Monday, 18th February 2019

  • URA Vs Bright Stars – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole (4 PM)
  • Express Vs Police – Mutesa II Stadium, Wankuluku (4 PM)

When URA plays host to Bright Stars the Uganda Cup round of 16 duel at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Monday, it will be a winner takes it all affair.

First things first. Either club is coached by former Uganda Cranes internationals, endowed with tactics and skills for such knock out games.

URA’s Sam Ssimbwa and Fred Kajoba at the helm of Bright Stars are both known organized parties, often good defensive organizers with occasional attacks off the break.

During the respective round of 32 encounters, both URA and Bright Stars manoeuvred in different styles.

The tax collectors recovered from a goal down to win 5-1 over Masaka’s Synergy at Namboole whilst Bright Stars too, recovered from a goal down to force a one all draw against Bundibungyo side Bumate United, before winning the tense shoot out 5-4.

The Monday evening game at Namboole is anticipated to be explosive and well contested.

The Bright Stars line up that started against Mbarara City last week. (Photo: JOHN BATANUDDE)

Fine, Bright Stars has struggled for a clear cut victory in as many as 10 matches, the knock out competition is envisaged on a different wavelength.

Basing on their last game against Mbarara City played at the Champions Stadium, Mwererwe (ended goal-less), Bright Stars has the impetus to create the chances, although putting them off now remains another discussion for a clean script, on a fresh new day.

Forwards Nelson Senkatuka, Brian Kayanja and Alfred Onek will be expected to produce an ‘A’ plus game and finish off the chances created than during the Mbarara City where the usually trusted team skipper, Senkatuka, struggled to even post home the one against one incident against goalkeeper Ali Kimera.

Senkatuka will need to a keep a keen eye onto the URA goalkeeper throughout the game. Credit: Bright Stars Media

Industrious midfielder Jamil Karisa, who limped out for founding player Rajab Kakooza, remains a big doubt for the match.

The rest of the crop from goalkeeper Benson Wagima, roving full backs Andrew Kaggwa and former URA player Samuel Ssekitto, center halves Derrick Ngobi and Enock Walusimbi as well as the hard working Augustine Kacancum Brian Enzama and Henry Kiwanuka, among others are all available for selection.

Enter URA. Goalkeepers James Alitho and Nafian Alionzi are all fit again and only a dice throw could determine who starts.

URA goalkeeper James Alitho has been on form. (Photo: JOHN BATANUDDE) Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Yesseri Waibi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Paul Mbowa, utility player Hudu Mulikyi, captain Shafik Kuchi Kagimu, Moses Sseruyidde, Charles Ssempa, Mathew Odongo Tayo, Vitalis Tabu, Saidi Kyeyune, Abdallah Nyanzi, Cromwel Rwothomio and the ever fresh Peter Lwasa are some of the trusted forces for team URA on the evening.

Forward Mathew Odong is expected to lead the URA quest for goals. (Photo: JOHN BATANUDDE) Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

The winner will join Wakiso Giants, Nebbi Central, Vipers, Proline and Kyetume for the quarter finals.

Probable Line ups:

URA XI: James Alitho (G.K), Patrick Mbowa, Yesseri Waibi, Hudu Mulikyi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Abdallah Nyanzi, Ronald Kigongo, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafik Kagimu, Mathew Odong, Vitalis Tabu

Bright Stars XI: Benson Wagima (GK), Andrew Kaggwa, Samuel Ssekito, Derrick Ngobi, Enock Walusimbi, Augustine Kacancu, Brian Enzama, Farouk Katongole, Brian Kayanja, Alfred Onek, Nelson Senkatuka

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

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