Isra soccer Academy head coach Isma Nkugwa says his team is “excited” and “motivated” after their mid-week narrow 1-0 win against Lango Queens in the FUFA Women Elite League.
Isra are currently in fifth place on the Elizabeth Group log, two points behind Olila and Kampala Queens who are fourth and third respectively but also three points away from playoffs spot.
“After the game against Lango Queens we are thinking about trying to beat Olila,” Nkugwa told www.football-256.com.
“When you compete three days beforehand in a game you must win if you want to be in the playoff spot, and you are fighting for big things.”
“And then it’s an emotional and a big game because it’s against Olila who are having the same target like Isra. So the effort [required] is massive. That is why we are excited and so motivated. It is a massive challenge for us,” he added.
Sadam Mpande’s Olila are currently in fourth position, one point behind second placed Uganda Martyrs and a game in hand.
Mpande who has helped Olila play the first ever FUFA Women Elite League final last season believes his side can respond properly after their 1-0 loss to Uganda Martyrs.
“We need this game and I believe my players can do that, losing to Martyrs was just a scratch and we have to bounce back against Isra if we are to be in this season’s playoffs,” Mpande said.
He also doesn’t believe that the FUFA Women Cup in midweek against Lady Doves will take his side’s focus.
“We have another tough game in midweek but that is not the focus now, we have a game on Saturday and Sunday and that is where we want to focus.”
Isra are in in fifth position in Elizabeth Group with nineteen points in eleven games
Olila are in fourth position with twenty one points from eleven games in the same group
Isra have just won once in their last three meetings against Olila and that was a 2-0 win at home last season, losing twice
Olila has managed to win once, losing once and three draws in their last five outings this season
Isra have lost twice and won four in their last six home games this season