Kabale will visit Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Mbarara on Sunday, March 15, in their third group A game of the Pepsi University Football league (UFL).
MUST lost their previous encounter to Kyambogo University 4-1 in Mukono, but Kabale’s head coach Farouk Nsubuga is not driven away by their recent defeat as he still rates his next opponents to be a hard nut to crack.
“MUST are our next challenge, it won’t be an easy game for us, they will make us suffer throughout the game but as long as we get the three points, in the end, all will be well,” Nsubuga told Football256.
“Every game is approached differently, the way we played University of Kisubi (UNIK) will be different from our game plan against MUST, first they will be at home and second, they still have a chance of going to the knockout stages if they grab points against us,” he added.
MUST are third in group A on three points which they picked up following a 2-1 win over UNIK in their opening game courtesy of Lino Agaba’s double. And Nsubuga warned his charges of the challenges that lies before them in Mbarara.
“MUST’s only win so far this campaign was earned from their own courtyard, so, We have to fully prepare and see that we get the three points. We shall need to work as hard on the day if we are to pick up all three points,” Nsubuga stressed.
Kabale University is competing in their second season in the UFL, while they are competing in the group stages for the first time in history.
And they couldn’t have debuted any better after they defeated 2018 Champions Kyambogo University 1-0 in their opening game, and Nsubuga wishes that the victory will still be a good motivator for his side.
“We defeating Kyambogo 1-0, while they hammered MUST 4-1, maybe we can look into that and fight as hard on matchday when we visit Mbarara.”
Kabale lacks the pedigree in this competition and reaching their maiden knockout stage this year will be such a huge achievement for Nsubuga’s charges.
“We can’t say we want the trophy this season as the tournament has its own favorites. Playing in the group stage for the first time teaches you lessons with each game you play, so we are handling one step at a time,” he said.
With two wins in two games, the inexperienced side Kabale are topping the group, Both Kyambogo and MUST are on three points with Kyambogo second on goal difference whilst Allan Kabonge’s UNIK are bottom with no point.