Following their uncharacteristic opening day losses to both Onduparaka and Mbarara City FC, Soltilo Bright Stars seem to be high up in gears and raring to pick up their first points of the season when they travel to the Gaddafi Arena.
The showdown, which will be against league debutants Gaddafi FC will take center stage this Friday, October 29 and promises to bring much excitement given the amount of importance both sides have attached to it.
Head coach Baker Mbowa promised to lead his troops to their maiden win of the season, something he believes will kickstart their season turnaround.
“Losing the opening two matches has been a big blow but one that has energized us, even more, to go for all the points against Gaddafi,’ Mbowa said after the morning training session.
“We are fully set and prepared to come out with the three points from Jinja. The assembled squad is fully aware of the task ahead and the win is all that is on our minds,” he added.
The Matugga outfit have been blunt in front of goal, struggling to convert chances. This is seen from the fact that they have only managed one goal this season, a Nelson Senkatuka penalty in their opening game.
“The team is not scoring goals and it is a concern of course but this has been our major focus in training this week. We have tried to address the issue and I am certain the goals will come against Gaddafi,” Mbowa asserted.
The former KCCA FC midfielder also confirmed a clean injury slate for his team, making it a point that each member of the squad is in contention to feature for the team when called upon.
“Allan Katwe who has been out is back and available for selection. All the other players are fit and as of now, we have no injury worries.”
Victory on Friday can not come much sweeter for the Soltilo Bright Stars as it would redeem their season, get them from their current 15th position on the log.
Meanwhile, Gaddafi FC, who are still getting acquainted with topflight league experience have one point from their opening three games, which was a one-all stalemate salvaged away at Tooro United on Tuesday, October 26.
Mubarak Wamboya’s side has succumbed to two defeats at the hands of Busoga United and KCCA FC with scorelines of 2-0 and 2-1 respectively. The former hurt more since it was a derby game.
Just like their visitors, a victory for the home side will elevate their position on the table to a better one as they currently lie 12th.