St. Lawrence University edged Makerere University Business School 2-1 in the first leg of the 2022 Pepsi University Football League semifinals in Kavule a week ago.
Even though St. Lawrence have a slim advantage, head coach Nnono Ssozi expects a tougher second leg challenge against MUBS in Nakawa on Tuesday.
“We are ready for Tuesday’s game but we know that we are facing a very tough side,” Ssozi said ahead of the game before adding.
“We are lucky that we managed to win the first leg but we made so many mistakes including missing many chances.”
“In the last few days, we have tried to rectify the mistakes in training to ensure that we do not face the same challenges in the second leg.”
“They are a good team that will be playing at home and will try to push their way through to the final but we also have the same ambition,” he added.
MUBS scored the away goal through Benjamin Nazar which was cancelled out by Bruno Bunyaga and Michael Kayongo’s goals.
“After losing the first leg, we came back and reviewed the game and saw the mistakes that cost us,” MUBS head coach Ali Zinda said in his pre-match interview.
“Since then, we have been working so hard in training to rectify those mistakes so that we do not repeat them.”
“We have also prepared our players on the aspect of mental toughness because it is also an important aspect to players in addition to the physical toughness aspect.”
“I believe we are this time around ready to overcome St. Lawrence come Tuesday,” he added.
MUBS and St. Lawrence will be meeting for the fourth time and during the previous three outings, the former won twice compared to the latter’s one win.
St. Lawrence were the last edition’s losing finalists to Uganda Christian University while MUBS last featured in the final in 2017 when they lost to Uganda Martyrs University.
The latter awaits the winner between MUBS and St. Lawrence in the final on November 12th.
To reach their first final since 2017 when they won it, Uganda Martyrs edged defending champions UCU 5-4 in the penalty shootouts following a one-all draw on aggregate after two legs.