By Baron Kironde
The StarTimes Uganda Premier League (UPL) returns on Tuesday after a three weeks break which encompassed action in the Stanbic Uganda Cup quarterfinals and the last international break of the season.
Struggling MYDA FC will battle BUL Bidco FC at the King George IV Memorial Stadium in Tororo in an ultimate attempt to avoid relegation.
The two teams will only be meeting for their second time on Tuesday, June 15, after BUL were 4-1 winners in Jinja when they last met on Feb 26 this year.
BUL FC, with 30 points in the 11th position is seven points above the danger zone, but still a probable candidate for relegation.
As soon as the Jinja based side can raise more than six more points this season, they will have deemed themselves safe.
MYDA who are playing their maiden season in the UPL are edging closer to an instant return to the FUFA Big League after a season in the top flight. After 26 games, MYDA has just managed three wins, five draws and a worrying sum of losses.
Following such a string of poor results, MYDA is languishing in the red zone, only a point and a position above bottom placed fellow debutants Kitara whose fate is already sealed.
MYDA is 15th with 14 points from their 26 games. They have a minus 40 goal difference after scoring 31 goals and letting in 71.
Immediately ahead of MYDA is Kyetume in 14th position with 23 points, nine more than the Tororo side. The Slaughterers have so far managed 27 goals and conceded 44.
Busoga is just above the red line (13th position) with 26 points, they have scored 33 goals and conceded seven more.
It is almost appropriate to resolve that MYDA has already been relegated, but they stand a probable chance to stay in the UPL, that is if they finish above the last three positions on the 16 team log.
How can they survive?
By collecting all the available points (12) and scoring lots of goals to cancel out their huge deficit, besides hoping the other Busoga United do not add any points, MYDA can still go ahead to finish 13th.
MYDA have four games to try and stay in the UPL, or give up and be demoted.
They will conclude the season with title contenders URA FC on June 30, after hosting KCCA in Tororo on June 26, and visiting high flying red eagles at Wankulukuku on June 23.
First, however, MYDA have to clear BUL from their way or they will be doomed (as expected), and officially be declared relegated like Kitara.