Uganda Premier League
Friday, May 07
-URA FC vs Onduparaka FC, Ndejje @4pm
-Wakiso Giants FC vs UPDF FC, Wakissha @4pm (Live On Sanyuka TV)
-MYDA FC vs Kyetume FC, Tororo @4pm
•URA welcome back top scorer Steven Mukwala who has been side-lined with injury for the last couple of games.
•However, Cromwel Rwothomio is still out with fitness concerns leaving the Tax Collectors with just two strikers in Mukwala and Ibrahim Dada.
•Alionzi Nafian and Julius Mutyaba are also out with injury.
•Michael Birungi has not made the squad for the game due to a sore knee.
•Jackson Nunda is yet to make his debut because of a long-term injury.
•Onduparaka will be without the duo of Kabon Living and Joel Jangeyambe who are both suspended due to accumulation of three yellow cards.
•Gabriel Matata is ill and did not travel with the team to Ndejje.
URA FC – Hannington Ssebwalunyo (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Hudu Mulikyi, Patrick Mbowa, Ivan Sserubiri, Moses Sseruyidde, Shafic Kagimu, Joachim Ojera, Steven Mukwala.
Onduparaka FC – Michael Kagiri (GK), Adriko Gasper, Hamza Geriga, Saddam Norman, Derrick Ochen, Andama Denis, Ajobe Mahdi, Hakik Magombe, Emmanuel Oketch, Jamal Malish, Noel Nasasira.
Preview – URA Out To Consolidate Top Spot
URA have a chance to temporarily move four points clear at the top of the log.
With second placed Vipers SC only on action on Sunday, three more points will see Sam Simbwa’s side create some breathing space for themselves at least for 48 hours.
Ever since the loss to Express at the start of April, URA are yet to lose another game (W3 D2).
They have since beaten KCCA FC, BUL FC and Mbarara City FC. All these three victories have come at home with the draws on the road.
The good news for the Tax Collectors is the fact that Friday’s fixture is another home game for them.
Despite not losing any of their past 5 league games, URA are coming off elimination from the Uganda Cup at the hands of Express FC.
They lost 1-0 at Wankulukuku on Saturday before drawing 0-0 in the second leg earlier this week.
Failing to score in two successive games should be a but of concern but having only one fit striker (Ibrahim Dada) is justification to that.
Steven Mukwala’s return for the game should be a major boost for the side as they wait on Cromwel Rwothomio to return
For Onduparaka, they are in dare need for a victory.
The Caterpillars are currently on a six-game winless run in all competitions, losing five and drawing just once.
In the league, they have lost all their past four games, failing to score in three of them.
The poor run of form has resulted into fans asking head coach Julius Mutyaba to be fired and if things don’t change anytime soon, that is bound to happen.
Onduparaka start the day in 12th spot with 24 points, just five above the relegation zone.
This will be the 9th meeting between the two sides since October 2016.
In the previous eight meetings, URA have won four, Onduparaka once with the other three all ending in draws.
URA are currently on a five game unbeaten run against the Caterpillars (W3 D2).
The last and only time Onduparaka defeated URA was in a 1-0 victory back in December 2017.
URA have won two of their three home games against Onduparaka, scoring six goals and conceding just three.
URA beat Onduparaka 2-1 in their only meeting last season and also took care of the same side 3-0 when they met earlier this campaign.