July 5, 2022

Mbowa sets top four target for Bright Stars

By Brian Aheebwa
Bright Stars coach Baker Mbowa (L) and midfielder Augustine Kacancu (R) | Photo by Bata Images (John Batanudde)

Bright Stars is the surprise package so far in the second round of the 2020/21 season with five victories from seven games as they continue to rise up the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table into sixth.

With eight games to go until the end of the season, head coach Baker Mbowa believes his side can climb up to fourth place.

“We want to continue winning our games and keep the pressure on those above us as we try to enter the top four because there is still a possibility,” Mbowa told Football256.

“The whole season, we have had a squad that has the character and ability to challenge for a good spot, and at this moment, we can only keep pushing because we have tried to play well,” he added.

On 34 points, Bright Stars are only three points behind fourth and fifth-placed KCCA FC and Police FC respectfully, who are tied on 37 points but separated by goal difference.

Bright Stars and Mbowa will be targeting maximum points when they host 11th-placed Mbarara City FC on Tuesday and they will hope the results in Wednesday’s game between KCCA and Police help their cause.

“Our next game is against Mbarara, who have a good coach in Livingstone Mbabazi, and generally they are a physical side. They run a lot, but we shall find a way to deal with them,” Mbowa said.

The Kavumba based side will be without up to six regular players with some out due to fever after playing under the rain in a goalless draw against SC Villa in the last fixture.

Methodius Jungu, Marvin Joseph, Simon Ssemayange are out with fever while Derrick Kiggundu is suspended after accumulating three yellow cards. Ronald Ssempala is still injured.

The Stars will rely on striker Samuel Ssekamatte who together with Mbowa were on Monday voted the UPL player and coach of the month for April.

Meanwhile, the Ankole Lions will also be hoping to win the game and boost their survival chances. They are 11th on 26 points, six above the red zone.

Just like Bright Stars who shared spoils with Villa, Mbarara also drew their last game one-all against BUL FC.

Forwards in Jude Ssemugabi and Henry Kisseka should carry their scoring boots to inspire the Kakyeka based outfit.

John Adriko, Makueth Wol and Souleymane Bamba are out injured for Mbarara, while Jasper Aheebwa and goalkeeper Martin Elungat await late fitness tests.

Bright Stars and Mbarara have met seven times in the league with both winning twice while the other three fixtures have ended in draws. The former won the reverse fixture 1-0 courtesy of Joseph Akandwanaho‘s goal.

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