Ahead of their first second round game against record Uganda Premier League holders SC Villa, Malaba Youth Development Authority (MYDA) Football club head coach Abdulswamadu Musafiri says they are to handle every game as a cup final as they seek to stay in the league.
The Busia based side’s head coach made the remarks in a pre-match press conference.
MYDA start the second round second from bottom with just six points and Musafiri has set a target in the last 15 games.
“Its true we managed three draws and just a single win totalling to six points to our name keeping us second last from the bottom. Musafiri stated.
“Our second round kicks off againsthSC Villa and we know it very well that three points is our target.
“We need like six wins and three draws and all that needs hard work.”
MYDA along with bottom side Kitara FC were the whipping Boys of the league in the first 15 games.
Ahead of Thursday’s encounter, Musafiri says his players have now gathered the required experience and will go all out for vital points.
“We are very ready for the SC Villa game and each game we play on our side will be a cup final because we badly need the points and we know we can.
“I know in the first round we had players who were on their first coming in the top tier. They were not used to the big crowd, feared big names but now I have confidence in them they have the experience and our second round will be different from the first round.”
Villa needed a late winner to overcome MYDA in the reverse fixture played at the Bombo Barracks thanks to a Faisal Kazibwe goals and Musafiri says it was bad luck for them to lose on the day.
“It wasn’t our day because we missed some clear scoring chances and Villa got one chance which they utilised well.
“They (Villa) are coming at our home and we’ve been training hard here because we badly need those points. We have rectified our mistakes against Villa away and we are very ready.
“We have never won at home this season and the Villa game is our first win in the making.”
MYDA come into their 16th game of the season with just 6 points. On the other hand Villa are 7th on the log of 16teams with 25 points.