Friday, March 3, 2017
The Saints vs KCCA– C. S. Matugga 4:00pm (Live on Azam TV)
BUL vs Vipers– Kakindu Stadium, Jinja 4:30pm:
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Proline Vs Villa, Lugogo, 4:00pm
Sadolin Vs Bright Stars, Namboole, 4:00pm
If there’s a team that is enjoying the year it is Ugandan champions KCCA.
Travelling to Pretoria on Monday ahead of next Friday’s Caf Champions League tie against Mamelodi Sundowns after ejecting Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto, and souring high in the Ugandan league, KCCA can’t ask for a better place.
Now they travel to Matugga to face the Saints in the Azam Uganda Premier League on Friday even higher on confidence following last Saturday’s 7-0 drubbing of Onduparaka.
Two league matches are lined up for the day, the other being Vipers against Bul away at Kakindu in Jinja.
Saturday will see SC Villa travel to Proline and Sadolin host Bright Stars.
Much of the pre-game talk between the Saints and KCCA has inevitably revolved around young Allan Okello following his debut hat-trick in the thrashing of Onduparaka last weekend.
“It is true he played well but we want to protect him. We will make the decision (of starting him) after the evening training session,” said KCCA assistant manager Morley Byekwaso after Thursday’s morning training session.
KCCA are up against an out-of-sorts Saints team with only one win in seven games. The hosts lost the reverse first round fixture to KCCA 1-0 thanks to Paul Mucurezi’s goal.
At Kakindu, pressure will be on coaches Richard Wasswa and Edward Golola to deliver victory for Vipers against Bul following four straight draws for the fourth placed side.
Vipers are fourth on 29 points after 18 games and 11 behind leaders KCCA, who have played a game less.
On Saturday, SC Villa are back in action when they travel to Lugogo to face Mujib Kasule’s Proline.
Villa coach Wasswa Bbosa is quick to acknowledge the impact coach Kasule has brought to Proline.
“He was my tutor while studying Caf C and Caf B courses at Njeru and continues to advise me in most cases,” said Bbosa.
It will be challenging to face him but I’m ready for the task.
Bbosa started off his Villa Park reign with a 1-0 win over Sadolin last Sunday, which helped the 16-time league champions cement second spot.
He will be relying on rejuvenated Emmanuel Okwi, who has scored three times in the last four matches, to breach Proline’s feeble backline.
Proline have conceded 24 goals in 18 matches and come into this placed 10th.
Kasule’s side are seeking their third home win.
“We treat each game as it comes and we are ready for this one,” Proline deputy coach Baker Mbowa, who will miss injured Joseph Mandela, said.