Abdallah Mubiru has urged his Police FC players to ignore the current league form and concentrate on the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
Police visit Wakiso Giants in the first leg of their quarter-final at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium on Thursday.
The Cops look forward to returning to winning ways after enduring a poor run of results in the Uganda Premier League.
“Indeed, we have not been doing well in the UPL, but this is another tournament. I, therefore, expect my players to ignore what is happening in the league and focus on the Uganda Cup,” Mubiru told Football256.
“We all know that we are currently in poor form, but how we come out of such a situation should be every player’s concern. There is no time to lament.”
“We have tried to prepare them well ahead of the game against Wakiso. I hope we shall be able to pick a good result,” he added.
Having started the season well, giving themselves a chance of winning their first league title since 2005, Police stumbled, especially in the second leg.
They have not won any of their last six league games, losing thrice and drawing twice. They are seated sixth on the 16-team UPL log on 39 points, 19 points behind leaders Express.
With the hopes of taking home a league crown over, Police can only throw in all their hearts and fight for the Uganda Cup.
Police eliminated Bright Stars 4-2 on aggregate on their way to the quarter-final, while Wakiso saw off Tooro United 7-3 on aggregate.
There will be no love lost from Police’s recent clash with the Purple Sharks at the Kabaka Kyabaggu in April.
The game marred by poor officiating left the Cops with a sour mouth after two of their goals were disallowed in the 3-1 defeat.
It also saw assistant referee Jane Mutonyi slapped with a one-month suspension following further review of the game by the referees’ body.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Mubiru claims his focus will be on things he can control but hopes the officials can be impartial.
“As usual, our concentration has always been on what we can control, I mean how we perform in the game,” Mubiru said.
“Tomorrow, we shall do the same and leave the rest to the referees. Of course, I kindly request them to be fair and genuine,” Mubiru noted.
Injuries are one of the concerns that have hit Police so hard during the second round of the season. However, Mubiru is buoyed by the return of captain Tony Mawejje, Hassan Muhamood, Henry Katongole for Thursday’s game.
Dennis Rukundo and Henry Kisseka are the only unavailable players, the rest are all available for selection.