Busoga United formerly known as Kirinya Jinja SS will be out hunting for their first win of the 2019/20 when they host champions, KCCA FC at the FUFA technical centre in Njeru.
Both teams head into the fixture on differeing form, KCCA picked up a hard fought 1-0 home victory against new comers Wakiso Giants while Busoga United will need to pick themselves up after a 2-1 away loss to Tooro United.
A home game could do much in helping Busoga United head coach Abbey Kikomeko buld momentum within his team after the loss, but a tie against the champions provides more than just a challenge but a test of character.
And its the latter attribute that Busoga will need to dig deeper to find if they are to get over a team they are yet to pick up maximum points aginst.
In the six league meetings between the two, Busoga have lost four and picked up just two stalemates. A 5-1 drubbing in 2017 may still be fresh on their minds.
Busoga have frustrated the front runners at times, picking up home draws against Vipers, Tooro and URA but KCCA still remain elusive as they have won on both their previous two visits here, keeping clean sheets as well.
And KCCA manager Mike Mutebi sounded confident of his sides charges to get the maximum points but haboured abit of skeptism about the type of team they visit tomorrow.
“We are not doing any special preparations for a team like Busoga United. In fact it is them that need to prepare well because they are playing against KCCA and they should know what the means,” Mutebi said in his pre-match press confrence.
“However, much as we have picked up victories when we have visited them recently, they remain one of those sides that want to give the bigger sides a bloody nose but we are aware of that,” He continued.
Busoga seems to have a change in style from the rigid, route one and non-imaginative style to a more expansive, and fluid approach under Kiwanuka. And against Tooro, they looked impressive and more in sync with their new style.
Mutebi seems to have done his homework about their hosts tomorrow and he sounded out a lack in concetration and know how of how to effectively operate in that style as a weakness
“They like to use the ball more these days. They played the same way against us and dominated us last season but we managed to win 2-0,”
But as I have said they are still adopting to that style of play. It makes playing against them hard but we know how to break them down,” Mutebi added.
One player who will be key for KCCA is Allan Okello. The youngster has kicked on from where he left off las season by bagging the all important gaol against Wakiso. His patnership with left back Mustafa Kizza seems to be one that wull be important on many occasions for the Kasasiro,
Simon Sserunkuuma was an unused substitute against Wakiso, but his pace and trickery out wide may come in handy in a game where fast transitions will be key. While Sadat Anaku has shown early promise to lead the line and may be influential if called upon.
Defensively, KCCA have not been top notch as they are yet to find the perfect pair and Joel Madondo and George Kasonko will provide fresh concerns for Mutebi. Ivan Wani was impressive against Tooro and he will surely be the creative spark for the hosts.