July 5, 2022

PEPSI UFL: ‘Makerere game is a must-win – YMCA’s Katwe

By Allan Damba
University Football League action between Makerere University and St Lawrence University | UFL Image

YMCA Comprehensive Institute’s head coach Allan Katwe has made it crystal clear, that they have to beat Makerere University if they are to hold any chance of getting out of Group D in the Pepsi University Football League.

YMCA heads into Thursday’s game at Buwambo in third with just two points garnered in three games.

They suffered a 1-0 defeat to the same opponent in their first game in the current edition. But, Katwe believes they will pull off a positive result this time around.

“This is a very important game and anything short of a win will leave us in danger of failing to go past the group stage level,” Katwe told the media on Wednesday.

“We have been playing well but have been unfortunate in front of the goal. Looking at how we played against Makerere at their home.”

“I am optimistic that we shall win this game because we had a good display and the goal we conceded was a penalty.”

On the other hand, Makerere will be all but certain about qualifying to the knockout stages, should they win the encounter.

And, head coach William Kasozi is aware his side can not afford any slip-ups if they are to ascend from the Group.

“We are also not yet through to the next stage despite leading the group, so we know how important the three points against YMCA will mean to us.”

β€œThe team in the second position is just two behind us. That means, we have to win on Thursday so that we stretch our lead on top,” Kasozi added.

Makerere at the top has seven points with St Lawrence University in second on five. YMCA has two in third with Mbarara University of Science and Technology last with one.

In the other Group game, the latter will face St Lawrence University on Wednesday, May 25 at Kavule.

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