Monday, October 18
*Gaddafi FC Vs Busoga United – 3pm
- Gaddafi FC will miss Jamaldine Buchochora Karenzi as the former Mbale Heroes player is still recovering from a muscle injury
- Hassan Musana who joined from KCCA is sidelined with a toe injury while Amos Kirya has a knee injury and miss out as well.
- For Busoga United, exciting youngster Edrine Opala and Junior Mukisa are ruled out due to injuries
- The club have a couple of players yet to be cleared by FUFA due to license issues.
Gaddafi FC – Paul Mujapani, Andrew Waiswa, Paul Musamali, Steven Munguchi, Ibrahim Massa, Pascal Ngobi, Ronald Bithum, Mark Bamukyaye, Alex Kitata, Joel Madondo, Faisal Muwawu
Busoga United – Michael Nantamu, Otwao Abubakar, Elvis Ngonde, Paul Ssekulima, Douglas Bithum, Anthony Mayanja, Isaac Wagoina, Derrick Basoga, Rashid Mpata, Shaka Ssozi, Ntege Anwar
Jinja derby bragging rights at stake
Gaddafi Arena, recently approved by FUFA, will host the local derby between UPL newcomers Gaddafi FC and Busoga United.
Its a story of meteoric rise for Gaddafi FC, a team that was playing regional league football in 2019. They in August beat Proline 2-0 in the Big League final to storm the UPL.
The club has put their faith in coach Abdul Mubarak Wamboya to steer them forward in their first season in UPL.
Wamboya, ahead of the first league clash, said: “We have done everything to prepare our boys, the youngsters are committed to give the very best.”
“We are facing a team that is more experienced and we cannot underestimate them but we are the hosts and we want maximum points.”
There is a semblance of organisation at Gaddafi, a team that is funded by the army and if this can reflect in terms of players motivation, Gaddafi is destined to become a permanent fixture in the top flight.
They have managed to retain Joel Madondo and brought in a couple of players with league experience like Paul Musamali, Hassab Musana, Faisal Muwawu among others.
Madondo who reportedly held talks with Express in the concluded transfer window, will be facing his former team.
Whether these signings are good enough to mount a challenge, part of the answer will be got on Monday when they welcome Busoga United.
Busoga United struggled to get things last season and it could have been worse for the side if the league was played to natural ending.
They made almost overhaul changes to their squad but their best business has been convincing coach Abbey Bogere Kikomeko.
As they begin from scratch, Bogere will have to develop thick skin to thwart away criticism from media and fans if he is to get the best out of his inexperienced squad.
He starts the league campaign against a team whose coaching job he turned down and he will show why he opted to stay.
One of their new recruits is Rashid Mpata from MYDA FC, who has been handed jersey 10.
“I am happy and ready for my first game at Busoga United,” said Mpata. “We have had adequate preparations. As an individual, I have set my targets around 10 goals and I am going to work hard to see that I continue chasing my dream.”