Friday, March 12
*KCCA FC vs Police FC @4pm – MTN Omondi Stadium (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*MYDA FC vs UPDF FC @4pm – King George IV Memorial Stadium
•KCCA FC are expected to continue to do without defender Filbert Obenchan who is recovering from a head injury.
•Julius Poloto and John Revita are both long term absentees.
•Juma Balinya and Stefano Mazengo are also not expected to feature due to injuries.
•The KCCA-Hippos players who include striker Samuel Ssenyonjo and midfielder Steven Sserwadda are also not expected to play as they have just resumed training with the team.
Police FC will continue to be without the several players who are still injured.
•Ben Ocen has been out for a while now and is slowly starting to recover but he is not expected to make the team.
•Samuel Kayongo, Eric Ssenjobe, Fahad Kizito and Herman Waasswa are all expected to still be out.
•Captain Tonny Mawejje who impressed in the loss to URA FC will definitely start again in midfield.
•Mwaka Samuel is expected to complete his return to the team after recovering from injury.
•Derrick Kakooza who top scored at the U20 AFCON tournament is likely to sit this one out as he just returned with the Hippos from Mauritania.
KCCA FC – Charles Lukwago, Samuel Kato, Peter Magambo, Herbert Achai, Moses Aliro, Bright Anukani, Gift Ali, Ashraf Mugume, Samson Kigozi, Charles Lwanga, Sadat Anaku.
Police FC – Tom Ikara, Denis Rukundo, Ruben Kimera, Hassan Muhamud, Henry Katongole, Tonny Mawejje, Yusuf Ssozi, Tony Kiwalaze, Johnson Odong, Brian Mululi, Muwadda Mawejje.
Preview – Key Battle At Lugogo
KCCA look to have turned the corner of late after an average start to the season and are slowly but steadily climbing up the table.
After losing three of their opening six games, they have now gone seven games unbeaten, winning five and drawing the other two.
They come into the game having won all their last four games on the trot, scoring 15 goals and conceding just one.
That run of form has seen them climb as high as 4th on the standings and they will start the day just four points off top spot.
With the top two of URA FC and Vipers SC facing off on Saturday, the Kasasiro Boys know they have a chance to close in on at least one of the sides above them and will go into Friday’s game with lots of motivation.
Strikers Charles Lwanga and Sadat Anaku have been scoring of late and that is a welcome sign for Mutebi after seeing his early season marksman Brian Aheebwa hit a dry spell of late.
If the two can bring their recent form into play, KCCA have a big shot a victory as they look to have stabilised in midfield following the return of Gift Ali and the defence is also shutting out opponents at the other end.
For Police, they will be desperate for victory after failing to win any of their last two games.
They may have impressed in the draw at Villa but the manner of their loss to URA FC must have left them disappointed as they were clearly outclassed at their own patch.
A second straight match at Lugogo is what is on the cards for them and against KCCA, they come up against a side with whom they share a style of play, something that can surely play in their favour as the hosts no longer possess the fire power they had in the past few seasons.
Starting the day in 5th spot, the Cops sit just six points off the summit and victory can re-ignite their campaign.
This will be the 22nd meeting between the two sides since October 2010.
KCCA have been absolutely dominant in this fixture as they have not lost to Police in the last 10 years.
In that period, they have won 15 games and drawn the other six.
Last season, they beat Police home and away including a 3-2 victory in the reverse fixture.
How to watch
The match will be live on Sanyuka TV at 4pm EAT.