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UPL: URA in Villa test as KCCA look to overcome Kakyeka woes

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URA won the first meeting 2-1 at Ndejje. (PHOTO/File)

Uganda Premier League
Wednesday, 21-04-2021 @4pm
-SC Villa vs URA FC
-Mbarara City FC vs KCCA FC

URA FC will have their sights set on returning to the top of the table when they travel away to SC Villa at the Bombo Barracks Stadium on Wednesday.

After Vipers SC drew 0-0 at home to Wakiso Giants FC on Tuesday, the Tax Collectors now sit just two points behind the Venoms and victory will see URA move two points clear at the top.

Injuries to several first team players has been a concern for Sam Simbwa’s side but they have somehow stayed afloat and will be hoping for more of the same against the Jogoos.

They have been boosted by the news that Ivan Sserubiri who limped off last time out with a knock, has been passed fit for the game. However, they are expected to be without Moses Sseruyidde and Julius Mutyaba who are both injured. Joackim Ojera is away on compassionate leave following the death of his uncle. Benjamin Nyakoojo has also been passed fit for the game but Jackson Nunda is still out with a knee injury.

After losing to Express FC at the start of the second round, URA have responded in fine style, winning all of their past two games. They beat up on KCCA and then BUL FC and must be confident of taking care of Villa who have been struggling of late.

Edward Kaziba’s side are now in a two-game winless streak.

A goalless draw at home to Express FC was followed up by a loss to KCCA last time out.

Before the two games, Villa had won three on the bounce and had moved steadily, up the standings.

They start the day in 7th spot but have a chance to climb back into 5th with victory coupled with KCCA losing to Mbarara City on the same day.

Against the big Boys, Villa has struggled this campaign as they have won only once (D1 L4).

SC Villa will be without right-back Fred Agandu who is suspended for accumulation of three yellow cards. Andrew Kiwanuka continues to miss out with injury. Abdallah Salim is a doubt for the game with a foot injury while Benson Muhindo is a long-term absentee.

This will be the 22nd meeting between the two sides since September 2010. In their previous 21 match-ups, URA have won 8, Villa 4 whilst the other 9 games have all been draws. URA are currently on a five-game unbeaten run against Villa (W3 D2). Last season, the Tax Collectors took four points off Villa including one in the reverse fixture. The first meeting between the two sides this season ended in a 2-1 victory for URA.

At Kakyeka, KCCA FC will be hoping to overcome their past woes at Kakyeka when they face Mbarara City FC.

KCCA come into this one after beating SC Villa 1-0 in their most recent fixture. Their hosts Mbarara City forced a 1-1 draw at Wankulukuku with Express despite being a man-less.

KCCA are currently 5th with 33 points and will want to close in on the top places currently occupied by Express, URA and leaders Vipers while Mbarara City are 11th with 21 points and any victory will automatically take them to 9th, eight points above the drop zone.

KCCA want to achieve their first ever double over the Ankole Lions having won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Lugogo. The past seven meetings between the two sides have been dominated by draws. They have played to four draws while KCCA have only won twice with the other ending in Mbarara City’s favour.

Morley Byekwaso will have to negotiate the fixture without Bright Anukani who went off injured during the win over SC Villa while long term absentees John Revita and Juma Balinya remain side-lined. Striker Brian Aheebwa is also in a recovery process and didn’t travel with the team. Dominic Ayella and Joseph Kafumbe are also out due to school engagements. Sadat Anaku and Lwanga will be expected to be KCCA’s go-to men on the evening. Lwanga is one goal away from hitting double figures.

Mbarara City will welcome coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi who missed the trip to Wankulukuku last weekend. The Ankole Lions will also be boosted by the timely return of skipper Hillary Mukundane and Stephen Othieno who have been serving a four match suspension. Henry Kitegenyi has so far scored four crucial goals and will be expected to lead the attack against KCCA. Goalkeeper Martin Elungat was impressive against Express and will be expected to maintain his place in goal. Jasper Aheebwa, Soulaymane Bamba, Ronald Edwok and Wol Makweth are out injured while Otti starts serving his two match suspension.

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