Tuesday, December 14
*Arua Hill Vs SC Villa – 3pm
- Arua Hill are set to miss a couple of players including Ivan Eyam who lost his uncle
- Faizul Ibrahim has malaria, Alfred Leku has a minor knock, Ssekamatte and Gaddafi Wahab are also doubtful
- For SC Villa, Amir Kakomo is suspended after he was sent off against Gaddafi FC
- Attacking midfielder Travis Mutyaba has not made the trip to Arua
Arua Hill – Rogers Omedwa, Richard Matovu, Bright Vuni, Rashid Toha, Geriga Atendele, Allan Mugalu, David Ndihabwe, Junior Andama, Sharif Ssaka, Ibrahim Magandazi, Rashid Kawawa
SC Villa – Meddie Kibirige, Gavin Kizito, Kenneth Ssemakula, Joseph Kafumbe, Gift Fred, Nicholas Kabonge, Salim Abdallah, Goffin Oyiwroth, Oscar Mawa, Umar Lutalo, Saddam Masereka
Preview: Clock Ticking for Koukouras
Time is running out for SC Villa head coach Petros Koukouras, as earlier reported by this website.
Inside sources have it that the club is considering parting ways with the Greek coach in the coming days in case results do not improve.
The visit to Barifa Grounds to face Arua Hill comes at a time when the side is at sixes and sevens after that loss away to Gaddafi FC and a quick response will be needed.
Ahead of the Arua Hill game, Koukouras stated: “We know that they are a very strong team. They proved it since their very first game in UPL against Express. We know their strengths and their weaknesses we try to prepare both mentally and tactically for the game.”
“Unfortunately we don’t have much time to prepare properly. Lately we had too many games in short period of time and the players are very tired as we have only 18 players available and it’s the same players who played the majority of the matches.”
Whatever the excuses at hand, some top Villa officials want the coach sacked if they fail to leave Arua with a positive result.
With the players acquired in the transfer window, mostly U17s and league debutants, many will feel that it’s a rushed decision if the gaffer is shown an exit door.
Koukouras, on how long it will take him to rebuild Villa, said: “We know what the team needs and we work towards it. There is no one who feels more pain than us for all this situation. We spend hours on a daily basis to improve things.
“Many players had made a massive progress since the beginning of the year but they also need support of new players. Hopefully with the support of the management of the team we can solve most of our problems very soon and be more competitive in the second round.
Arua Hill are 7th, nine points above SC Villa as the sides meet in a rescheduled league fixture.
The hosts, unbeaten in last three, will be seeking to return to winning ways after that goaless draw against Bright Stars in Kavumba.