At this stage, last season Bright Stars had won twice, drawn as many and lost only once in the opening five games of the StarTimes Uganda premier league.
Fast forward 12 months later, they are yet to pick up a league win, losing three games, and drawing twice in the league so far this season.
At that the Betway Mutesa II Stadium on Tuesday, Bright Stars will go again in search of their first win of the season against URA.
It is not all smooth sailing for URA as well. After four games, the revenue collectors have won just once, drawn once and have lost two games.
Both sides lie in the bottom half of the table, with URA lying 11th, while Bright stars are 14th on the 16 team log.
Those stats alone make the tie a do or die game for both coaches, especially URA’s Sam Ssimbwa who is under pressure as his side were tipped to be well among the title contenders this season, but have fallen quite off their patch.
Bright Stars under new coach Mohamed Kiseka are in a more state of bother, the principal is to play football in a particular way but also collect some points since avoiding relegation is another target altogether.
Skipper Shafik Kagimu and fellow midfielder Said Kyeyune have enjoyed some fine form since the start of the season, while new addition Michael Birungi will be expected to be fitter than he looked in the last outing against Tooro United, which the tax collectors lost 2-1 at Namboole.
In most of their games this season, Bright Stars have been let down by experienced goalkeeper Nicholas Sebwato’s howlers especially in situations where the result was in their favour.
URA hold a slight advantage over their hosts tomorrow, having won three of the last five league meetings between the two. Bright Stars picked up a slender 1-0 win in their last league meeting. Overall, it is a low scoring fixture, the last time it produced more than two goals was in 2014.
It will be an intriguing game if the rains stay away
It will be an open intriguing game since both teams are desperate to get some points on the board. Especially if the weather stays friendly since the day’s ground is unplayable when it rains.
URA will be expected to play with caution and purpose if you are to consider the experience of their players but by and large, Bright Stars can’t be underrated, tomorrow could just be the day.
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