Thursday, November 23
•Gaddafi Vs Bright Stars – Gaddafi Arena
•Vipers Vs URA – Kitende
Friday, November 24
•Busoga United Vs KCCA – Njeru
•Express Vs Maroons – Wankulukuku
•Arua Hill Vs UPDF – Adjumani
Saturday, November 25
•Mbarara City Vs SC Villa – Kakyeka
•NEC Vs Wakiso Giants – Lugogo
Sunday, November 26
•BUL Vs Kitara – Njeru
- Gaddafi will miss Ibrahim Kiyemba due to yellow card suspension
- Najib Tusaba and Meddie Nsereko still out.
- Bright Stars’ Jonathan Odongo returned to training but not part of the travelling squad
- Simon Ssemayanga has a PCL tear and remain sideline.
*Gaddafi – Andrew Ssekandi, Steven Mpoza, Herbert Onyango, Douglas Bithum, Franco Balabala, Thomas Ochungo, Steven Munguchi, Amos Kirya, Frank Mulimi, Johnson Odongo, Benson Muhindo.
*Bright Stars – Hassan Matovu, Andrew Kyambadde, Kato Nemeyimana, Warren Buule, Nelson Ssenkatuka, Yasin Mugume, Alex Mandera, Cleophus Fiat, Samuel Ssenyonjo, Alous Kakas, Ivan Irinimbabazi
Preview: Bright Stars Aiming to Build on Their First Victory
Bright Stars are geared up to build on their inaugural win of the season as they visit Gaddafi in their eighth league match due Thursday at the Gaddafi Arena in Jinja.
A challenging start to the season saw them suffer three losses and three draws before securing their first victory two weeks ago, triumphing 3-2 against Busoga United in Kavumba.
This triumph elevated them from the relegation zone to 13th place with six points, just three points behind hosts Gaddafi, who currently sit in 8th position.
“We are thoroughly prepared and up for the challenge against Gaddafi,” stated Assistant Coach Tom Ssali. “Drawing inspiration from our recent 3-2 victory, we’re motivated to clinch three points against Gaddafi.”
“The international break has actually worked in our favor, providing us with well-planned time to address the areas where we’ve been lacking,” he concluded.
However, they’ve yet to secure a single point from their visits to the Gaddafi Arena, facing defeats of 1-0 in the 2021/22 season and 3-0 last season.
Their sole league victory against Gaddafi dates back to April 2022 at Kavumba, courtesy of Derrick Ngoobi’s goal, which remains the only goal the visitors have scored against Gaddafi.
On the flip side, the hosts are eager to continue their winning streak.
After losing their first three matches, Gaddafi has regained their momentum with three wins in their last four matches.
Hosting Bright Stars on the back of their first home win and second consecutive victory (a 3-0 win against NEC and a 2-1 win against Mbarara in their last match), Gaddafi aims to extend their dominance, having never lost to Bright Stars at home.
In their previous home encounter, they secured a convincing 3-0 win against Bright Stars, courtesy of Alex Kitata’s hat-trick.
Currently positioned 8th on the table with nine points, a victory could propel them possibly to sixth place.
Head to head
*Bright Stars 0-1 Gaddafi
*Gaddafi 3-0 Bright Stars
*Bright Stars 1-0 Gaddafi
*Gaddafi 1-0 Bright Stars