StarTimes Uganda Premier League
Bul FC vs Mbarara City FC
FUFA Technical Center, Njeru
Tuesday, 30-04-2019 @4:30pm
NJERU – Mbarara City was at one point dreaming of winning the League but all that disappeared in thin air.
That is attributed to the sudden drop of form that has seen them drop from second to 5th.
The departure of Asuman Alishe did them no favours but that couldnot have been everything.
Yes they were also not helped by the recent injuries to star players, Paul Mucurezi and Hilary Mukundane but the way the ship sunk is a mystery. A few weeks ago, the club also handed first choice goalkeeper Ali Kimera a suspension which further proved that may be the club is not under proper management
The suspension to Kimera was after a horror show by the custodian in the 2-1 loss to Villa.
On Tuesday, they take on a Bul side that is also in need of three points as their early season form has also disappeared.
Bul’s only victory in the last 6 was the 1-0 win at home to rivals Kirinya at the start of the form.
This promises to be a thrilling encounter as Mbarara look to avenge for their Uganda Cup elimination at the hands of Bul, back in January.
Without a normal time (90 minutes) defeat to Bul in any of their past 4 meetings, Mbarara will be confident they can snap their winless run that has grown to 6 games at the moment.
Mbarara are expected to still be without Mukundane as he is yet to fully recover from Injury. Kimera too is still suspended so Muhammad Ssekeba will continue in between the sticks. However, Mucurezi is back to full fitness and will be the one to look up to for inspiration.
BUL is still missing long term injury casualties Joshua ‘Letti’ Lubwama and right back Farouk Banga. However, the rest of the crop is available for selection with goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo expected to start in between the goal posts.
This will only be the fifth ever meeting between the two sides.
In the first four, Mbarara has triumphed on two occasions, while Bul has won only once. Bul’s only victory over Mbarara came in a penalty shootout win back in January.
Last season, Mbarara took four points of Bul, includinga a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.
In their first meeting of the current campaign, Mbarara ran out 1-0 victors at Kakyeka.
Going into Tuesday’s game, Bul have won only one of their last 6 League games (D2 L3). The only win in that period was the 1-0 defeat of Kirinya JSS at the start of this month.
At home, however, Peter Onen’s side have won four of their last 7 games (D2 L1).
For Mbarara, they go into the game without victory in all their last 6 games (D4 L2). Their last victory in the League dates back to March 1st when they took care of Paidha Black Angels 2-1 at Kakyeka.
Away from home, the Ankole Lions have also not won in their last 6 (D3 L3). Their last win came on February 5th in a 2-0 victory over Maroons FC.
The other games on Tuesday
-SC Villa vs Tooro United FC @4pm
-Maroons FC vs Kirinya JSS @4:30pm