On Saturday 8th October we shall have three games in the Startimes Uganda Premier League, MatchDay two as Arua Hill play host to KCCA FC, BUL FC at the FUFA technical Centre, home away from home in Bugembe will also host UPDF FC and lastly Express will welcome URA FC to Wankulukuku.
Below are the Previews, team news and Probable line-ups of all the games.
EXPRESS FC VS URA FC
Express FC will host URA FC in their quest for three Points as they welcome URA FC at Wankulukuku stadium after drawing first against UPDF.
The Red Eagles were held to 1-all draw against UPDF in their first game of the season, with Allan Kayiwa scoring on his debut.
The Express head coach James Odoch described the encounter as a tough game saying;
It is going to be a tough game since both of us are looking for a first win this season. We have corrected our mistakes from our last game and we are looking forward to earning maximum points,.
On the other side, URA are no different from Express as they also drew their opening fixture with Onduparaka at home in Nakisunga something that put them in the same state as the Red Eagles.
With a new look of the Express Frontline of Joseph Akandwanaho, Anwar Ntege and Allan Kayiwa, who scored on his debut they will look to terrorise the URA FC backline with movitation from the home fans.
George Senkaaba will be back to his former in different colours for the first time and before the game was asked if he feels any pressure?
I don’t feel any pressure facing my former team. They have the same players, same coaches I have been with before. As a forward and a player, I’m supposed to do my job, score goals and expect URA to get it’s first win, Senkaaba said
Timbe will hope to solve the team’s major problem which is his side’s inability to convert chances as witnessed in the first game against Onduparaka despite having players like Derrick Nsibambi and Viane Sekajugo upfront.
Express will be without midfielders Abubaker Kasule, Yusuf Ssozi and goalkeeper David Lukwago who are all in the recovery process.
URA FC continue to be without goalkeeper James Alitho after undergoing surgery.
Denis otim (GK) , Andrew Kaggwa, Arthur Kiggundu, Derrick Ngoobi, Isa Lumu, Hussein Ssenoga, Enock Ssebbagala, Daniel Shabene, Allan Kayiwa, Joseph Akandwanaho, Anwar Ntege
Nafian Alionzi (GK) , James Begisa, Eric Ssenjobe, Patrick Mbowa, Najib Fesali, Hassan Kalega, Joachim Ojera, Shafik Kagimu, Saidi Kyeyune, Viane Sekajugo, Derrick Nsibambi
HEAD TO HEAD
EXPRESS FC 1-1 URA FC
URA FC 0-0 Express FC.
EXPRESS FC 3-1 URA
URA 0-1 EXPRESS FC
EXPRESS FC 1-2 URA
URA 0-0 EXPRESS FC
ARUA HILL SC VS KCCA
KCCA FC who won their first game 3-2 at home against Wakiso Giants visit Arua Hill SC who have not played any game yet in the 2022/23 StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
The game will be played in Arua at the Barifa Stadium, home of Arua Hill Sports Club. The team that finished 5th last season in their Uganda Premier League debut season will hope to make an impact once again.
However KCCA FC was the only league side that picked three points at Barifa Stadium FC last season and will be hoping that they can pick their second league win on the bounce against a tricky Arua Hill.
Arua Hill who made a couple of new signings in shot stopper Martin Ssenkooto, Reagan Mpande, Ibrahim Musa, Gadafi Kacancu, Isaac Okello, Denis Andama will all be also expected to make their debuts alongside former KCCA player Paul Musamali
On the other side of KCCA, Saidi Mayanja was been suspended by the club for being in disciplined while Rogers Mato is ruled out due to a shoulder injury that he sustained while on National Duty with Uganda Cranes during the Tri-Nations tournament in Libya.
Julius Poloto and Denis Iguma will not be available due to some knocks picked up in training while both Emmanuel Wasswa and Dominic Ayella will also not be in the squad.
Arua Hill SC
Richard Anyama (GK), Rashid Toha, Paul Musamali, Rashid Muhammad, Farouk Musisi, Gadaffi Kacancu, Gadafi Wahab, Rashid Kawawa, Innocent Maduku, Ibrahim Faizul, Reagan Mpande
Ali Mwirusi (GK), Haruna Lukwago, Brian Majwega, John Revita, Geoffrey Wasswa, Ashraf Mugume, Moses Waiswa, Allan Okello, Muhammad Ssenoga, Muhammad Shaban, Tisungu Kakonde
HEAD TO HEAD
Arua Hill SC 0-1 KCCA FC
KCCA FC 0-0 Arua Hill SC
BUL FC VS UPDF FC.
BUL will play their first home game this season at FUFA Technical Centre Njeru against the Army side UPDF.
The Eastern Giants will hope to continue their great start after thumping Blacks Power 5-0 in their first game of the ongoing campaign after a brace from both Karim Ndugwa, Richard Wandyaka and Jerome Kirya.
On the side of UPDF FC, a Faridi Achumu goal helped the army side get a point on MatchDay one after Express had gone ahead through Allan Kayiwa at the Bombo Military Barracks Ground.
UPDF who lay 8th on the Uganda Premier League table, lost a couple of players like James Begisa, Isa Mubiru, Yusuf Wasswa will hope to surprise many with with positive results.
BUL FC welcome back defender Douglas Muganga who is set to return after missing the opener.
Goalkeeper Tom Ikara and defender Benon Tahomera will hope to make their debuts.
On the side of UPDF, they will be without their Head Coach Brian Ssenyondo who is away on international duty with the Uganda Cubs in Ethiopia and Saduru Mugamba who got injured in the first half against Express.
They will also welcome back Frank Yiga, Hussein Zzinda and Aggrey Kirya who have all returned to the squad having missing opener.
Tom Ikara (GK), Richard Ayiko, Ronald Otti, Walter Ochora, Hillary Onek, Pascal Ngobi, George Kasonko, Karim Ndugwa, Richard Wandyaka, Jerome Kirya
Ivan Mutumba (GK), Aggrey Kiirya, Douglas Oyirwoth, Samson Kasozi, Ibrahim Magandaazi, Rogers Adriko, Donato Okello, Ibrahim Wammanah, Rogers Mugisha, Ivan Ahimbisibwe, Pius Kaggwa.
HEAD TO HEAD
BUL 5-1 UPDF
UPDF 1-1 BUL
BUL 4-3 UPDF
UPDF 2-1 BUL
UPDF 0-3 BUL
BUL 2-0 UPDF