Wednesday, May 05
*KCCA FC vs Maroons FC, Lugogo
*Bright Stars FC vs Police FC, Kavumba
*BUL FC vs Kigezi Home Boyz, Bugembe
•Bright Stars are expected to continue to be without Jamil Kisitu Nvule, Hamis Habite and Benson Wagima due to injuries.
•Ronald Sempala, Buule Kiwanuka and Sam Ssekito are long term absentees.
•Police FC are expected to continue with Derrick Ochen in goal despite the return to full fitness of Tom Ikara.
•Denis Rukundo has been out for a while and despite now training consistently, he is not expected to feature on Wednesday.
•Joseph Ssentume is once again not part of the match-day squad along with the injured Johnson Odong.
Bright Stars – Simon Tamale (G.K), Samson Mutyaba, Simon Ssemayange, Derrick Ngoobi, Allan Katwe, Sula Ssebunza, Joseph Marvin, Joseph Akandwanaho, Joseph Janjali, Emmanuel Loki, Methodius Jungu.
Police FC – Derrick Ochan (G.K), Tonny Kiwalazi, Eric Ssenjobe, Hassan Mohamood, Henry Katongole, Tonny Mawejje, Mubarak Nsubuga, Fahad Kizito, Ben Ocen, Frank Tumwesigye, Derrick Kakooza.
Preview – Bright Stars Out To Upset Odds
Bright Stars find themselves is a deep hole as they attempt to upset the odds and eject Police from the Uganda Cup.
The Uganda Premier League in-form side trail 1-4 from the first leg after starting poorly in the game and conceding three first half goals.
It was a performance that was a complete opposite of their decent league run that has seen them win five of their last six games including victories against Express FC and KCCA FC.
They were completely dominated at Lugogo on Sunday and they will be hoping for a change of fortunes when they return to Kavumba, a venue that has seen them take care of the likes of Express and Wakiso Giants of late.
It is also the same venue that ensured their progression to this round as they overturned a first leg deficit to eliminate Paidha Black Angels in the round of 32.
However, nothing will be easy when they face a Police side that must be oozing confidence thanks to their healthy first leg advantage.
Despite the three-goal advantage, Police head coach Abdallah Mubiru says that the tie is far from over.
“We have a three-goal caution but will go into the game not thinking about that because this is going to be totally different. Said Mubiru ahead of the game.
“Bright Stars is a very good team, they are strong and play well.
“Probably, they have had a bad day on Sunday so we need not to put down our guard in the. We have 90 more minutes that we are supposed to manage well and we just pray that God enables us take care of them.”
Police only needs to avoid a three-goal loss to reach the last 16.
Having scored the most goals in the competition so far (14) it will take a dramatic turn of events for Bright Stars to eliminate the Cops who are an easy bet to net again on Wednesday.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season.
The first was in the league and it ended in a 2-2 draw before last Sunday’s clash.
Bright Stars have not defeated Police at home in any of their last four attempts (D3 L1).
Their last victory at home to the Cops came in a 3-0 win back in December 2016.