Friday, October 15
*Express Vs Arua Hill (Betway Muteesa II Stadium)
*Mbarara City Vs Bright Stars
*Onduparaka Vs UPDF
Sunday, October 17
*Police Vs Vipers
*Wakiso Giants Vs KCCA
(Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium)
Monday, October 18
*Gaddafi Vs Busoga United
- Mbarara City FC will be without Striker Makueth Wol is in South Sudan.
- Goalkeeper Martin Elungat has been passed fit.
- For the Visitors, Ronald Sempala is ruled out due to injury.
- Nelson Ssenkatuka is set for his second debut and travelled with the team.
Preview: Work Cut out for Hussein Mbalangu
Mbarara City appointed Hussein Mbalangu as the club head coach, their second appointment before the season kicked off.
The club’s initial appointment of Kefa Kisala did not go to plan after the gaffer left weeks into his contract due to a couple of disagreements.
Mbalangu was brought in on a short notice and he will be hoping to replicate his performance at Arua Hill, a club that he promoted to top flight last season.
Mbarara City finished 7th last season but that does not tell a whole story – They were on the brink of relegation before bringing in coach Livingston Mbabazi who brought a spark that saw the win their last four league games.
They lost some players including Bashir Mutanda and Ivan Eyam while their new signings are far from convincing.
Fast forward into their first game, they will be seeking revenge when they host Bright Stars at Kakyeka.
The Ankole Lions lost twice to the Japanese owned based side in the league last season. They lost 1-0 at home before falling 3-1 away from home.
Bright Stars on the other hand will be hoping to exorcise last season’s demons after finishing fifth with 42 points.
Baker Mbowa will feel that he still has a good squad, thanks to the addition of striker Nelson Ssenkatuka, despite the departure of Joseph Akandwanaho and Samuel Ssekamate.
“We wanted to boost the team so the new players are going to bring in a lot of competition to team as we look for three points tomorrow. We expect a good game and victory in Mbarara,” Coach Mbowa said ahead of the game.
Senkatuka, who is expected to make his debut on his return to the club had this to say.
“We have just had our last training session, all the players are looking fit and we hope that we take a good show and get all the three points in our first game of the Season. I think last season the team beat Mbarara City home and away and we are looking forward at doing this season.”
Mbarara City – Muhammed Ssekeba, Jasper Aheebwa, Stephen Othieno, Karim Ramathan, Hilary Mukundane, Pistis Barenge, Bebe Swalik, Henry Kitegenyi, Siraje Musindo, Henry Kitegenyi, Jude Ssemugabi
Bright Stars – Simon Tamale, Andrew Kaggwa, Derrick Ngoobi, Andrew Kyambadde, Simon Ssemayange, Joseph Marvin, Augustine Kacancu, Joseph Janjali, Jamir Nvule, Nelson Ssenkatuka, Jungu Methodius
Head To Head
Mbarara City 1-1 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 1-0 Mbarara City
Mbarara City 2-1 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 0-0 Mbarara City
Mbarara City 0-0 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 1-3 Mbarara City
Mbarara City 0-1 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 3-1 Mbarara City