Saturday, October 16
*URA FC (Uganda) Vs Al Masry (Egypt) – 4pm
Uganda’s sole representative on the continent, URA FC, target a first leg advantage when they play host to Egyptian side Al Masry in the first leg of the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup Qualifiers at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
This is the penultimate round of the qualifiers, with the winner at this stage qualify to the playoff round which is the last stage to the group stages of the secondary club competition in Africa.
URA FC, who were selected by FUFA to take part in the competition after the Uganda Cup had not reached a conclusion at the time, beat Ethiopian Coffee 5-2 on aggregate at the first round.
Experienced Coach Sam Timbe will be well aware of the huge mountain ahead for his side against an experienced Al Masry team.
Timbe said in the press conference: “What matters most in Saturday’s match is scoring goals. That’s what wins games. I am sure it’s what players, fans and everyone associated with the club wants to see tomorrow.
“The best way of defending is by attacking. We have to keep the ball and show them [Al Masry] what we can do with it.”
The Tax Collectors have quality in their squad starting with the attacking trio of Steven Mukwala, Cromwell Rwothomio and Viane Ssekajugo.
The midfield pair of Saidi Kyeyune and Shafic Kagimu is the team’s fulcrum but it remains to be seen whether their defence department can keep out Al Masry from getting at least an away goal.
URA FC are still chasing for their first ever appearance in the group stages of CAF Interclub competitions.
They made their debut on the continent in 2006 but they were eliminated by Al-Merrikh at the round of 32. In 2015, they ousted ASSM Elgeco Plus of Madagascar at the preliminary round before falling to Orlando Pirates at the first round.
How Good is Al Masry?
Al Masry is an Egyptian club based in Port Said.
They finished fifth last season in the Egyptian Premier League.
The side was exempted to play the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup Qualifiers this season.
It should be remembered that Al Masry were knocked out by KCCA FC in 2017 at the playoff round but has since made major strides in the competition.
They have reached the group stages of the Confederation Cup twice – 2018 and 2019/20 season. In the 2019/20 season, they were eliminated by eventual winners RS Berkane at the quarterfinal stage.
They have made a couple of changes prior to this competition – They appointed Tunisian coach Moin Chaabani who has won the CAF Champions League champion twice.
Per Kingfut, Al Masry has made ten new signings including former Al Ahly duo Ahmed El-Sheikh & Ahmed Alaa, Amr Marei and Ahmed Hamoudi from Pyramids, ex-Zamalek defender Islam Gamal and Tunisia’s Elyes Jelassi.
Al Masry jetted in Uganda earlier this week and are residing at Sheraton Hotel.
They held their first training session at Wakiso Giants’ Kabaka Kyabaggu stadium before moving to St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
URA FC XI – Alionzi Nafian, Ashraf Mandela, Derrick Ndahiro, Benjamin Nyajoojo, Hudu Mulikyi, Patrick Mbowa, Viane Ssekajugo, Shafic Kagimu, Said Kyeyune, Steven Mukwala, Joachim Ojera
Al Masry – Essam Tharwat, Alaa Atta, Ahmad Shedid Qinawi, Amr Moussa, Islam Salah, Emeka Eze, Farid Shawki, Hussein Ragab, Islam Ateia, Ahmed Refaat, Mohamed Gaber
How To Watch – Sanyuka tv has confirmed that they will broadcast the match live from St Mary’s stadium in Kitende.