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Bright Stars FC vs Onduparaka FC: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview, Stats

Saturday, March 06
*Mbarara City FC vs Vipers SC @1pm – Kakyeka Stadium (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*BUL FC vs Wakiso Giants FC @4pm – Kyabazinga Stadium
*Bright Stars FC vs Onduparaka FC @4pm – Kavumba Recreation Grounds
*Kitara FC vs Express FC @4pm – Kavumba Recreation Grounds
*SC Villa vs Police FC @4pm – Bombo Military Barracks Stadium


Team News

•Bright Stars are expected to still be without a host of players due to injuries.
•Simon Ssemayange, Sam Sekitto, Ronald Sempala, Methodius Jungu, Andrew Kyambadde and Alfred Onek have all be carrying injuries of late and it remains to be seen who among them recovers in time for Saturday’s game.
•Striker Emmanuel Loki is expected to start again after impressing in the loss to Vipers early this week.
•Onduparaka will also not be expected to change the team that lost to BUL FC earlier this week.
• Living Kabon and Gabriel Matata are now bot fully fit and will be looked at to offer the team much needed inspiration.
• Emmanuel Oketch had a slight knock in training but is expected to feature.
• Yakubu Ramathan is still bothered with an ankle injury.
•Hamza Geriga and Tonny Kyamera are also injury doubts.


Probable Line-ups

Bright Stars FC – Edward Kiwanuka (GK), Andrew Kaggwa, Ronald Nkonge, Derrick Ngoobi, Warren Bbule , Allan Katwe, Joseph Marvin, Joseph Janjali, Emmanuel Loki, Samuel Ssekamate, Joseph Akandwanaho.

Onduparaka FC – Opoka Agustin (GK), Adriko Gasper, Magombe Hakim, Tusaba Najib, Yakubu Ramadan, Gibson Adinho, Kabon Living, Ochen Derrick, Kyeline Med Mohammed, Okech Emmanuel, Okocha Rashid.


Preview – Both Sides Hoping To Bounce Back

Bright Stars put up a spirited fight but eventually lost 2-0 away to Vipers SC in their last game.

This was their first loss since match-day three after going on a seven-game unbeaten run.

It also meant that they have not won any of their past three league games having drawn all two prior to the defeat.

On Saturday, they will be hoping to return to winning ways and improve their tally of 14 points that sees them sit in 9th spot.

Since the opening loss to URA FC, Baker Mbowa’s side has gone on a four match unbeaten run at home (W3 D1) and will bank on that recent good form at Kavumba to try and topple Onduparaka.

The visitors too are gunning for victory after losing their last three games against Police, Vipers and BUL.

The poor form ended a mid-March unbeaten run that has seen the Arua based side gather 14 points from a possible 18.

Onduparaka are traditionally not good travellers but that looks to be changing as they have won three of their five games on the road this season.

However, they lost 3-1 at Police in the last game they played away from the Green Light Stadium.


The Stats

This will be the 8th meeting between the two sides since August 2016.

In the previous seven meetings, Bright Stars have won three and lost only once.

Last season, Mbowa’s side overcame the Caterpillars 1-0 in their only meeting of the 2019/20 campaign.

This fixture has never produced an away victory.

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