Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Soana vs Maroons, Kavumba R. Grounds, Azam, 4pm

Soana coach Charles Ayekoh is promising to drop some of his senior players if they do not show enough fight.

Ayekoh’s side are enjoying a decent campaign in the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) this season, fourth on 41 points; and are in the quarterfinals of the Uganda Cup.

And as they continue pushing further up the log, with the visit of Maroons up next on Tuesday, Ayekoh has dropped his experienced striker Hamis Kitagenda for “poor performance”.

“My senior players (should) either work harder or be dropped,” said the coach in the club’s match day program notes.

“I will not field any player who is not fit to play even if he is the owner of the club.” Kitagenda has been replaced by Asiku Crispo Patrick for Maroons visit.

Impressed with performance

Coach Ayekoh is, however, impressed with his team’s performance having won 11 of the club’s 26 matches, drawing eight and losing seven.

Their fourth standing on the log is a great leap as compared to last season when they were fighting relegation at this time.

Ayekoh, famed for releasing his line-up 24 hours to his next game, has made six changes from the team that started their previous game.

Some of the changes are forced on by injuries while others have been rested. Geoffey Ssimbwa, Didi Mohamad and Isa Mubiru Isa have been rested and replaced by Edie Ruhweza, Godfrey Wakabu Godfrey and Samuel Ogutu respectively.

Ahamed Ssebagala and Timothy Musinguzi come in for injured Willy Kavuma and Seraje Sevume respectively, with Crespo – as earlier mentioned – replaces Kitagenda.

Soana won the first round leg 1-0 and will be intent on completing a double against a Maroons team just one defeat away from relegation.

Actually, if the Saints pick point at Express, Maroons’ relegation will be confirmed.

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