Uganda Cup: URA Away To Depleted Mbarara With Spot In Round Of 16 On Line

Friday 9th April
-MYDA FC vs Proline FC – King George IV Memorial Stadium @4pm
-Busoga United vs Vipers – FUFA Technical Center @3:30pm (TV)
-Maroons vs Terrazzo and Tiles – Prisons Grounds @4pm
-Luwero United vs Onduparaka – Kosovo ground @4pm
-Mbarara City vs URA – Kakyeka Stadium @4pm

URA FC will be away to Mbarara City FC at Kakyeka on Friday with both sides eyeing a spot in the Uganda Cup round of 16.

The two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg of their round of 32 tie in Bombo earlier this week.

URA who have been in good form since the season started and sit joint top of the Uganda Premier League table, will be favourites to win the contest.

The Tax Collectors were dominant in the first game but missed several opportunities including one that hit the bar.

It was a disappointing result but one that head coach Sam Simbwa was happy with in the end.

“Disappointing that we have not won the game but all isn’t lost. Simbwa said after the first game.

“We will prepare for Friday and try everything in our power to progress to the next round.”

URA FC will be without defenders Benjamin Nyakoojo and Ashraf Mandela. Both players have ankle issues that they failed to overcome in the build up to the game.

The Tax Collectors have also seen their forward line dealt a huge blow with Cromwel Rwothomio also ruled out with illness.

For Mbarara, they will be without a host of first-team players for the game.

Edwok Ronald, Bamba Soulyamane, Bashir Mutanda, Jasper Aheebwa and Makueth Wol are all carrying injuries and hence will not be able to feature.

The good news is that the duo of Hillary Mukundane and Stephen Othieno will once again be available as their league suspension is not carried to the Uganda cup.

Mbarara struggled in the first round of their league campaign as they won just three games in 15.

However, they beat Wakiso Giants FC and somehow held onto a draw in the first leg against the Tax Collectors.

Despite the injury worries going into the game, Livingstone Mbabazi’s side must feel they can get a desired result on Friday and progress to the round of 16.

This fixture has never produced a winner in any of the past seven meetings between the two sides.

URA will progress in case the game ends in a scoring draw or better still, nick a victory.

For Mbarara, they need to win the contest to reach the round of 16 as another goalless draw means the two sides will be separated by a penalty shootout.



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