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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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