Wednesday, June 16
*Kyetume Vs Mbarara City – Nakisunga Ssaza Ground, 4pm
- Kyetume will be without Mustafa Mujuzi (ankle Injury), Joel Mutakubwa (suspension), Julius Ntambi (suspension and arm injury) and Ezra Kaye (illness)
- The Club has beefed the senior team with a couple of players from Junior team after recieving Licenses – Wandawa Bashir, Emmanuel Atiku, Sabir Mayor Noah, Bwabye Ashraf, Sharif Ssewanyana and Yusuf Mafabi.
- Mbarara City will miss Makueth Wol who is with the national team while Swalik Ssegujja, Zaidi Byekwaso, Jackson Opio, Salim Huud did not travel with the team
- Bamba Souleyman and Jude Ssemugabi are back from injuries
Kyetume – Derrick Were, Joshua Kigozi, Richard Matovu, Felix Okot, Latif Kiyemba, Wandawa Bashir, Julius Lule, Sharif Shaka, Nicholas Kasozi, Baker Buyala, Robert Ssentongo
Mbarara City – Muhammed Ssekeba, Steven Othieno, Jasper Aheebwa, Hilary Mukundane, Bamba Souleyman, Ibrahim Magandazi, Innocent Wafula, Salim Huud, Solomon Okwalinga, Bashir Mutanda, Jude Ssemugabi
Preview: Livingston Mbabazi Points Guns At Former Bosses
All eyes will be on Mbarara City coach Livingston Mbabazi when the Ankole Lions visit Kyetume on Wednesday.
Mbabazi returns to Kyetume for the first time since he was sacked on March 1 after he was in charge for eight months.
He left the club in 11th place after 10 games but finds the side 14th, in relegation with 23 points.
At Mbarara City, where he was appointed two weeks after leaving the Kyetume job, he has won six games and seen the club elevate to league safety!
“He has added a lot to the team,” admits club captain Hillary Mukundane. “He keeps motivating us during training and after the games, and the fact that he is a national team coach (assistant), he has always encouraged us to give it all.”
Mukundane says that Wednesday’s game is important and they want to take all maximum points as they still target a fifth place. He added that “we are determined and focussed” to see off Kyetume.
Jimmy Kintu and Jackson Mayanja have a big job to if they are to turn things around and see that Kyetume, who sit three points above safety, survive the drop.
They barely create chances during games and have looked porous at the back even when playing at home. They will hugely miss the Nakisunga fan base after FUFA declared closed doors for all games, and the task remain on players to lift the team from they abyss.
In the first round, Makueth Wol, Swalik Bebe and Henry Kitegenyi scored one each for Mbarara to win 3-1 at Kakyeka, while Yusuf Ssaka’s goal was just a consolation for Kyetume in February this year.
Last season, Kyetume were 4-3 winners against Mbarara; Robert Ssentongo (2), Deo Isejja and Feni Ali scored for the Slaughters at the Mighty Arena in February last year. Brian Aheebwa (2) and Solomon Okwalinga found the net in losing effort for the visitors.
- The Slaughters are 14th 23 points (5W, 8D, 13L)
- They have collected only four points from a possible 18 in last six league games.
- They have scored 27 goals, only Busoga (21) and Onduparaka (25) have fewer this season.
- The Ankole Lions are 9th with 35 points (9W, 8D, 9L)
- They have won three games in a row (Onduparaka, Vipers and Police) for the first time this season.
- They have conceded at least one goal in 12 of their last 14 games.
Head To Head
*Mbarara City 3-1 Kyetume
*Kyetume 4-3 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 2-0 Kyetume