Nkumba University head coach Sulaiman Bbosa has stressed his side’s readiness to encounter the University Football League defending champions Uganda Christian University.
In Entebbe on Thursday, Nkumba will host UCU in the first leg meeting between the two sides in the 2022 Pepsi UFL quarterfinals.
“We know the circumstances under which we qualified for this stage and we would like to utilize the opportunity,” Bbosa said ahead of the game.
“We are playing against the best team in the competition and they are the defending champions, it will be a very difficult game.”
“But we are ready and we want to use the fact that we are playing from home first to full advantage,” he added.
In the group stages, Nkumba collected 12 points and finished second in Group B qualifying for the quarterfinals as one of the best two second-placed teams.
Their Thursday opponents UCU were Group A leaders with 13 points after winning four games, a draw and a loss.
“We finished as Group A leaders if we can conduct ourselves the same way I believe we stand a strong chance of winning the game on Thursday, ” UCU head coach Mwera Kintu noted.
“I know there has been a long break from when we last played a competitive game but we knew that we were through to the quarterfinals so returned to training in time for proper preparations.”
“Nkumba is one of the strongest team of the UFL they have always competed and I know they will give us a hard time but we believe in ourselves that we shall win.”
Two quarterfinals have already been played and it is only St. Lawrence University that has managed a victory, following their 1-0 win over Kampala University last week
Bugema University and Uganda Martyrs University drew 1-1 on Tuesday while Kyambogo University will host Makerere University Business School on Tuesday next week