URA Vs Mbarara City: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

URA striker Ivan Ahimbisibwe ready to gun down Mbarara City

Friday, December 29
•URA Vs Mbarara City – Lugazi
•NEC vs Bright Stars – Lugogo, 7pm

Team News

  • URA will be without the injured trio of Joshua Lubwama, Hassan Kalega and Emmanuel Okech
  • Denis Otim, Shariph Kimbowa, Nicholas Kabonge and Justin Opiro aren’t in the match day squad
  • Mbarara City have captain Joseph Akandwanaho back from suspension
  • Striker Henry Kitegenyi has three yellow cards, Seiri Arigumaho suffered a concussion in previous game while Jungu Methodius has malaria

Probable Lineups

URA – Rogers Omedwa, Saidi Kyeyune, James Begisa, Enock Walusimbi, Laban Tibita, Eric Senjobe, Ibrahim Dada, Ibrahim Wamannah, Joseph Ssemujju, Amisi Bwangani, Bruno Bunyaga

Mbarara City – Hakim Nsamba, Karim Ramathan, Ivan Otude, Henry Musisi, Francis Odongo, Sadat Nsubuga, Yunus Sibira, Innocent Wafula, Joseph Akandwanaho, Edward Namasa, Pius Kaggwa

Preview: David Obua and Wasswa Bbosa face off

URA will aim to rectify their performance as they host Mbarara City in Lugazi.

Under the guidance of new coach David Obua, the Tax Collectors are still striving to meet the expectations set by the former Uganda Cranes star.

Obua has introduced a possession-oriented style of play, emphasizing building from the back.

However, in the short term, they’ve been conceding goals cheaply, as evident in their recent match against Busoga United.

Busoga took advantage of errors from the goalkeeper and defenders, securing a 2-0 lead at halftime. Yet, second-half goals from Bruno Bunyaga and Moses Aliro salvaged a point for Obua’s team.

Ahead of the game, Obua mentioned, “We’ve made some preparations and tweaks; let’s see how they work for us. We’re playing at home and aiming for a victory to end the year positively, not just for us but also for our fans. Expect some exciting changes and let’s enjoy the game once again.”

URA has scored eight goals in three games at Lugazi under Obua, a positive aspect they hope to capitalize on.

Mbarara City, sitting four points below URA, have secured draws in their last two matches against Kitara and UPDF.

However, they’ve struggled away from home this season, being winless in five games, including three draws.

With Head coach Wasswa Bbosa returning from suspension since his red card against KCCA at Kakyeka, the visitors are optimistic for improved fortunes.

Head to Head

2021/22
Mbarara City 0-0 URA
URA 2-0 Mbarara City

2020/21
URA 2-0 Mbarara City
Mbarara City 1-1 URA

2019/20
Mbarara City Vs URA (not played)
URA 0-0 Mbarara City

2018/19
URA 0-0 Mbarara City
Mbarara City 1-1 URA

2017/18
Mbarara City 1-1 URA
URA 1-1 Mbarara City

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