Nunda in action against URA in a league encounter Credit: John Batanudde

Uganda Premier League (Rescheduled Matchday 4 Game)

  • Wednesday, November 20,  2019: KCCA Vs URA
  • At Star Times Stadium, Lugogo (4 PM)

The last time URA FC visited Lugogo to face KCCA, the former had the loudest, last and heartily laugh, smiling home with maximum points after a 2-1 win.

Since that time, a significant volume of water has flowed down the drain with a couple of new faces for either side.

Fine, some players who featured in the aforementioned game have since moved on for greener pastures, the respective technical wings remain unchanged at large.

Two good friends manage the two clubs; Mike Hillary Mutebi at KCCA and Sam Bamweyana Ssimbwa at URA.

Ironically, Ssimbwa used to serve diligently at KCCA both as a player and coach before he moved on.

An excited Sam Ssimbwa celebrates a goal against KCCA at Lugogo (Photo: John Batanudde)
Mike Mutebi talks to his players last season Credit: John Batanudde

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, is yet another D-Day for the unsettled egos between the two coaches, players and fans to say the least.

The immediate past meeting on 26th February 2019 was a hard-fought 2-1 win for URA with Shafiq Kagimu’s double and Timothy Awany’s penalty consolation.

Awany has since left for greener pastures in Israel while the other party involved in this very game Patrick Henry Kaddu and Allan Kyambadde also sought semi-professional stints in Morocco and Egypt respectively.

KCCA comes to this very game with the boost of the return of their three players from national team duties.

Allan Okello and Mustafa Kizza celebrate a KCCA goal

Captain Charles Lukwago, the gem – Allan Okello and holding midfielder Nicholas Kasozi are all available to feature.

Experienced Mike Mutyaba, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Jackson Nunda, Abubakar Gift Ali, Mustafa Kizza, John Revita and Filbert Obenchan, among others are all available for KCCA on the home astroturf.

In their last home game on Saturday, KCCA stopped the league leaders Vipers with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Muzamiru Mutyaba, a big psychological boost prior to the URA game.

URA will bank on the experience of goalkeeper James Alitho, skipper Kagimu, the utility Hood Mulikyi, Michael Birungi, Paul Patrick Mbowa, Brian Majwega, Joakim Ojera as well as the big framed duo of Daniel Isiagi and Cromwel Rwothomio upfront for inspiration.

URA captain Shafik Kagimu shoots during a previous KCCA encounter Credit: John Batanudde

A couple of URA players once featured for KCCA and if fielded could return against their former paymasters as Ivan “Kojja” Ntege, Majwega and Birungi.

KCCA has managed 22 points from 10 matches as they sit 5th on the 16 team log.

URA, on the other hand, has gathered 15 points from 12 matches and is in the 12th position.

Past 7 Meetings:

  • 26th February 2019: KCCA 1-2 URA
  • 8th January 2019: URA 0-1 KCCA
  • 21st September 2018: KCCA 2-1 URA
  • 24th April 2018: KCCA 7-2 URA
  • 27th September 2017: URA 0-0 KCCA
  • 19th April 2017: KCCA 2-2 URA
  • 10th December 2016: URA 1-0 URA

QUOTES:

WE HAVE A WIDE POOL OF PLAYERS AND WE HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT WE ARE READY TO PLAY WITH THE PLAYERS AVAILABLE. ALL THESE REMAINING GAMES ARE LIKE CUP FINALS. WE ARE NOT UNDER ANY SORT OF PLAYERS.

Mike Hillary Mutebi, KCCA Manager

kcca FC is always known to be champions. and to be a champion, you have to win games before you. we are all ready.

Allan Okello, KCCA players

we expect a tough game against kcca. they are on form and will be home, but we are also up to the task. if you look at our last two games, we have been scoring but sadly, they have been disallowed by referees. patrick mbowa and joackim ojera are back after missing the previous game. however, we shall miss moses sseruyidde and victor kilama through injuries.

Sam Ssimbwa, URA Head Coach

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

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