Wakiso Giants host Uganda Revenue Authority in their first top flight home game at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, following their narrow 1-0 defeat against champions KCCA FC.
For the tax collectors, it is the first game against newly promoted opposition and it presents them with a fair challenge. And head Sam Ssimbwa will be hoping his side keep the momentum from their 3-0 home win over Maroons.
Despite not having the start they yearned for, Wakiso held their mantle after falling back in the 16th minute. With the level they showed matching the champions for long spells of the game.
Going to a place like Lugogo and not been torn apart in your first league game, leaves head coach Kefa Kisala optimistic that his team can pick up their first win at home against a side like the tax collectors.
“We are ready and in good shape for tomorrow’s game. The loss to KCCA FC is now behind our mind and all the focus is to make sure we improve and get a good result against URA FC,” Kisala told the media.
Kisala should be aware that despite being a newly promoted club, the nature of the club’s investment and precedent set; signing be names like Geoffrey Sserunkuuma, Tom Masiko, Chrizestom Ntambi, will come with huge expectations.
And at the fore front is the belief that the Purple sharks should be competing favorably against the bigger sides and that they should be competing nearer to the top.
URA unlike their hosts, head into the game brimming with confidence from their opening game, scoring twice in the final half hour as they blew away Maroons FC, 3-0.
This was just the second time URA scored more than two goals in over a year, and the first time they are scoring three goals in a league game under Ssimbwa. That is reason enough to show how far they may push for the league title.
Ssimbwa should be a happier man, but the coach is asking for more precision and pace going forward. His side looked good, but good is not enough according to Ssimbwa.
“We have won by three, but I feel like we should have scored even more. We have to attack more, today we lacked precision and speed in our build up save for the times Ashraf Mandela roamed forward,” Ssimbwa said.
URA had by far the busiest summer in the league and it seems to be paying dividends already. Hassan Kalega was menacing in midfield while Mandela seems to have made right back his own already. With David Bagoole also cleared to play, it is exciting times at the club.
Ivan Ntege, the former KCCA player left for Botswana over two years ago. Tactically brilliant, Ntege is a Duracell battery in the midfield, his partnership with Saidi Kyeyune who seems to be rejuvenated will be crucial this season.
Midfielder Lawrence Bukenya could make his debut for the Purple sharks after completing his loan move from KCCA. However, defender Hassan Wasswa Dazo and Yasin Mugume are ruled out while Chrizestom Ntambi misses out as he is yet to acquire his ITC.
The visitors will be without Brian Majwega and striker Cromwell Rwothomio who are still nursing injuries, while Ojera Joachim and new signing Ibrahim Juma Dada has recovered on time for his debut.
This will be the first league meeting between the two, but previously they have met twice, in a pre-season friendly which URA won 1-0 and during the Pilsner Super 8 classification match which URA won 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw over 90 minutes.