Wakiso Giants coach Steven Bengo. Wakiso media
Friday, November 8
*Wakiso Giants Vs Busoga United – 4PM
Wakiso Giants caretaker boss Steven Bengo is positive and confident that his side will be able to pick maximum points when they play host to visitors Busoga United on match-day 13 at Kabaka Kyabaggu Wakisha Sports Ground.
This is going to be Bengo’s second match as caretaker coach since replacing sacked Kefa Kisala.
Bengo was in charge when the newbies lost 1-0 away to leaders Vipers at Kitende in his coaching debut.
“We want to build on our performance,” Bengo said ahead of Friday’s tricky affair. ‘Everyone is aware of the importance of this fixture and am confident of a victory.”
The Purple Sharks have lost three straight games – Express, Police FC and Vipers – and the side target return to winning ways.
The side are 11th on the log with 13 points after 12 games, five places below sixth placed Busoga with three points in between.
The purple sharks are going to miss the services of Viane Sekajugo and Hasan Ssenyonjo who were summoned for national duties.
Ssekajugo missed Cranes training through injury on Wednesday.
Tom Masiko, Ayub Kisaliita and Yasin Mugume are ruled out through injury despite reporting back in training. This also includes Kirizestom Ntambi and Aggrey Madoi who are also doubtful for the fixture.
However, Ibrahim Kiyemba and Duncan Sseninde are available for selection after missing the game against their parent side – Vipers SC
Busoga United on the other hand, are also winless in the their last two games having conceded late winners against Kyetume and Vipers SC.
The Jinja-based outfits are 6th on the log with 16 points from 12 games, just four points outside the top four.
Head Coach Abbey Kikomeko also expressed his readiness for the tie;
“We have ironed out our previous mistakes, we respect Wakiso Giants, it’s new in the league with experienced players but we don’t fear them because we a better side,” Kikomeko commented.
“Even if they are at home, our target is to take away the three points and we are ready.”
Busoga will also miss target man Joel Madondo who is on national duties.
The team will therefore bank on in-form anchorman Boban Zirintuusa who is also the club’s leading goalscorer.
This is the first time both teams are meeting in a competitive tie after a two all draw in a friendly match about a year ago.