Mike Mutebi insists KCCA FC will ‘have to be at their best’ when they face another ‘difficult challenge’ against URA FC on Friday.
The Kasasiro Boys host Sam Ssimbwa’s URA FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo and will be looking at returning to winning ways after their disappointing defeat away to SC Villa on Tuesday.
“URA has always been a difficult challenge for us and it is still going to be a hard side,” Mutebi said ahead of Friday’s encounter.
“They’re coming into this one with a win from their last game whereas for us we lost but we’re going to do our best and try win.”
Following an impressive start to the season winning their opening three games, Mutebi’s side were below their usual best in the Kampala derby at the Bombo Barracks Grounds against Villa.
KCCA who were at their creative best heading into the derby were second best with midfielders Ashraf Mugume and Kezironi Kizito struggling to light up the show hence making Brian Aheebwa and Samuel Ssenyonjo dull upfront.
And Mutebi warned his attacking midfielders and the entire team that they cannot afford to be passive or they risk being bypassed by URA’s ball players.
“We really have to emphasise creativity because if you don’t penetrate the opponent’s back line it becomes a problem,” he said.
URA on the other hand had a slow start to the season drawing their opening two fixtures but look to have picked up a level winning their previous two games which gives them momentum ahead of the KCCA clash.
The Tax Collectors convincingly beat BUL FC 2-0 away from home on Tuesday and they’ll be hoping to carry the brilliant form to Lugogo in order to hurt the 13-time league winners.
Steven Mukwala has hit the ground running since joining the club scoring three goals in four games Ssimbwa will count on him together with captain Shafic Kagimu and midfielder Saidi Kyeyune.
Meanwhile, KCCA’s talisman Aheebwa managed to get on the score sheet via a late penalty against Villa and will lead the attack with his partner Ssenyonjo.
The two have managed 11 goals between themselves so far with Aheebwa on six whereas Ssenyonjo has scored five goals.
A single point separates the two on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table with KCCA in second on nine points while URA are fourth on eight points.
KCCA has not won against URA in the last three outings with the latter winning twice while the other fixture ended in a draw.
The tax collectors tend to be a menace to the Kasasiro Boys whenever they visit the MTN Omondi with KCCA’s last win when they’ve hosted URA coming back in 2018 when they beat them 7-2.