Uganda Revenue Authority FC will be aiming at registering their first win over Mbarara City FC, when the two sides lock horns on match day nine of the Star Times Uganda Premier League, at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday 12th October 2019.
The tax collectors and the Ankole lions have met five times previously with the Ankole Lions wining once and the all other four ending in stalemates.
Heading into tomorrow’s game, both teams find themselves in such unfamiliar positions on the UPL table standing as compared to where they finished last season, URA finished 3rd while Mbarara finished 5th.
But the tax collectors are currently 11th with nine points from seven games whereas the Ankole lions are placed 12th having collected just eight points from eight outings.
Despite both sides being on a poor run of form, URA head into the game off the back of their big win away at the Green light stadium, where they edged Onduparaka 2-1. They will be hoping they can build on it positively on Saturday.
Mbarara head coach Paul Nkata got his era at the Ankole lions in impressive style, with a 2-1 win over Busoga United, but the tactician has failed to ensure victory since, losing back to back in the league against Wakiso Giants and Maroons.
Nkata will hope his side can get back to winning ways in the league, especially as they come up against his former side.
The major cause of headache for Nkata and his assistants, is their leaky defence. Led by captain Hillary Mukundane, Mbarara’s back line have shipped in a massive 13 league goals so far, that’s just one less than 15th placed Police FC.
Sam Ssimbwa’s charges are also not faring any different, as they have only managed eight goals, the third lowest scoring tally in the division.
Mbarara will rely on the striking partnership of Paul Mucureezi and Brian Ahebwa, the pair have been formidable upfront for the Ankole lions. They will have Ibrahim Orit, Ivan Eyam and Jude Semugabi as the supporting cast.
Saidi Kyeyune and Shafic Kagimu face often come to the fore in the creative matters for URA and the pair will once again come to the fore against Mbarara.
But against Onduparaka, they may have unearthed another important piece to their attacking puzzle, as Cromwell Rwothomio reminded Ssimbwa of why the club head hunted his signature. Rwothomio is expected to lead the line again, but Ssimbwa can still call upon Anwar Ntege for the same role.
It remains to be seen if Ssimbwa retains goalkeeper Alionsi Nafian who he brought on for first choice keeper James Alitho, after the latter had a couple of near errors against Onduparaka, and the gaffer promised that it will take Alitho quite enough to recoup his position.
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