Uganda premier league
Mbarara City vs Nyamityobora, Kakyeka
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Mbarara City vs Nyamityobora
Mbarara City and Nyamityobora face off this Friday at Kakyeka stadium, Mbarara in an important matchup as each side looks to secure victory and seize the Ankole derby pride. The two sides face off in a premier league clash with the table revealing the full scale of the demands facing Nyamityobora. The Asaph Mwebaze’s side sits 3rd from the bottom with 12 points from 17 games whilst Mbarara City sit 3rd with 32 points in as many games. The hosts are unbeaten at home –winning 7 out 9 games and have only failed to score once at home turf. The Ankole Lions are also the fourth most scoring side (22) and the third least conceding side (11) this season while the Abanyakale have conceded 27 against 17 scored. Mbarara City has led 7 times at home and also gone ahead to win, but face a side that beat them 2-1 in the reverse fixture. The two sides meet for the fourth time, having met twice in the Fufa Big league before the first round tie. Each side has thus won and drawn once. Ahead of the crunch fixture, Mbarara City rest their hopes in Paul Mucureezi, who has scored 5 and assisted 8 times thus far (4 goals and 7 assists at home) while inspirational goal keeper Ali Kimera has also kept 8 clean sheets in the 14 games he has between between the posts. Mbarara City skipper Hillary Mukundane, who took over from Asuman Alishe, has not lost a game with the armband and is hopeful Friday brings yet another victory. “We are ready for match. We know how important this game is. We shall work hard to win and avenge first round loss and also keep the chase on leaders,” noted Mukundane, whose coach has a full squad at disposal. With only John Sserunjogi sidelined, Coach Asaph Mwebaze believes his Abanyakale have an upper hand to win today’s contest. “We (Nyamityobora) are from Mbarara and not Mbarara City whose roots are in Isingiro. This means that we cannot let them take our pride and we shall fight hard for it,” noted Mwebaze, who also hailed Mbarara City’s coach Livingstone Mbabazi for his team’s fantastic run in the league. The derby will be preceded by both side’s junior teams clash in the Fufa Junior league, according to Osborn Mushabe, the Mbarara City Public relations officer (PRO).