Uganda Premier League
Police FC vs KCCA FC
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Wednesday, 26-02-2020 @4pm
KCCA FC will be hoping to re-ignite their push for the Uganda Premier League title when they take on Police FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Wednesday.
The Kasasiros had a glorious opportunity to close the gap at the top to two points last weekend but failed.
With leaders Vipers SC having earlier lost to URA FC, KCCA could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Express FC, leaving them four points off the pace.
With just 7 games to play, Mike Mutebi’s side will be desperate for three points as Vipers are expected to take care of Maroons FC in a fixtures which looks a lot easier on the eye.
KCCA FC will still be without defender John Revita who is still injured after limping off in the loss to BUL FC several weeks ago. Captain Charles Lukwago is also out after breaking his hand in the draw at home to Express. In his absence, Ali Mwirusi will start in goal with Jamil Malyamungu making the bench. Gift Ali is back to full team training after overcoming a knock he picked up in the game against Vipers on Tuesday last week. He is likely to start in the anchor role. Mike Mutyaba is out of this one. He took a compassionate leave.
Muzamiru Mutyaba is expected to start in midfield together with Keziron Kizito and Gift. Magambo Peter, Fillbert Obenchan and Kato Samuel could start in defense. In the absence of John Revita and Musa Ramathan who is on suspension. Sam Ssenyonjo and Kizza Bukenya Joseph are out due to license issues. Teenage Kafumbe Joseph is back to school and so will not feature. Nunda Jackson and Jurua Hassan are also out due to injuries and illness. In Lukwago’s absence, Julius Poloto will captain the side.
As KCCA eyes all three points, Police FC will also be desperate for a win.
Unlike the Kasasiros, the Cops are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Sitting third from bottom, Abdallah Mubiru’s side have major relegation concerns and know that they need to start winning games as soon as possible so as to escape the dog-fight.
Despite the fears, Police head coach Abdallah Mubiru is not worried about his future and is positive about the Cops’ chances.
“We have been going through a trying period and we need to pick our selves up as soon as possible, noted Mubiru.
“My job is to guide this team forward and i will not think about getting fired or leaving my role anytime soon.
“We will face KCCA FC knowing that they are the defending champions and have a lot of quality but we know what we can do on the pitch and that is what we will try to do and hopefully get all three points on the day.”
With all that said however, against a side they have not defeated in 10 years, Police will have to be at their absolute best to pick a victory.
This will be the 21st meeting between the two sides since October 2010.
In the previous 20 match-ups, KCCA FC have won 14 whilst drawing the other 6 with Police yet to register a single victory in that period.
Despite not winning, Police have gone on to avoid defeat to KCCA FC in all their last three home games, drawing in all of them.
Last season, the two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture after the Kasasiros had triumphed 6-3 in the first game.
In the first meeting this campaign, KCCA FC took care of Police 3-2.
Going into the game, Police are winless in their last five league games (D1 L4).
However, at home, the Cops have lost just one of their last six games (W3 D2).
For KCCA, they head into the contest having lost only one of their past six league games (W3 D2). However, they have drawn both of their last two encounters.
Away from home, Mike Mutebi’s side have won just two of their past six games (D1 L3).
The other games to be played on Wednesday
-Vipers SC vs Maroons FC @4pm
-Mbarara City FC vs BUL FC @4:30pm