If there is a fixture that Tooro united know how to win, it is the one against Maroons FC. And when the latter visit the former at the Betway Muteesa II stadium, Wankulukuku, Tooro should be expecting maximum points.
Tooro United were pre season favorites to be competing high up the league table, but they find themselves in a position where they need to dig deep for inspiration if they are to at least get back among the chasers.
Tooro head coach Wasswa Bbosa did not imagine that his side would be unbeaten at this time of the season, as they were to face Vipers and Wakiso Giants in their first three league games.
But his frustration in reality, stems from the way his side has gone down against both sides. Tooro’s performances against the two sides suggests that they could have picked up at least a draw from both games, but went down to late goals after defensive lapses.
Bbosa being sent off against Vipers and then watching from the stands at Wakiso compounded their misery. And it was evident that his team missed his leadership as they conceded immediately after he was sent off against Vipers and looked clueless at Wakiso.
It’s not been gloom for the hosts however, they were superb on the opening day as they dominated Busoga United. Incidentally, it was their only home game to-date. A return to their home against Maroons presents another opportunity for maximum points.
On the flip side, the Prisons side are still a team in transition under new coach Douglas Bamweyana.
They may still be unfancied against more organised sides, but they still have tricks up their sleeves and they could be a surprise package this season.
Against URA, they looked shallow and out of their depth, losing 3-0 but they showed anger and determination to hold on for a slender 1-0 victory over Kyetume over the weekend.
Bamweyana knows that his project is still at inception and he will not allow his players to get carried away just yet.
Striker Rashid Agau scored the solo goal as they defeated Kyetume, and the striker is expected to play a key role for the Prisons side especially in front of goal. While Tooro will have to rely on the pace and power of Godfrey Lwesibawa and John Ssemazzi upfront.
When the two sides last met in April, Maroons defeated Tooro 2-1 at the Prisons grounds. But worryingly, Maroons are not the best of visitors as they have lost four of their past five away games.
You have to go back to October 2018, when Tooro last lost at home. A run of 16 consecutive league games minus a home defeat. The longest unbeaten home run in the league, 10 of those 16 games have been clean sheets for Tooro.
Tooro are yet to lose against Maroons and have lost just once against their visitors in the six games they have played so far.