Thursday, February 10
•Calvary Vs Maroons – 4pm, Greenlight Stadium (Arua)
•Proline Vs Nyamityobora- 2pm, Omondi Stadium (Lugogo)
•Ndejje University Vs MYDA – 4pm, Arena of Visions (Luwero)
•Blacks Power Vs Kitara – 4pm, Akibua Memorial Stadium (Lira)
•Luwero United Vs Kyetume – 4pm, Kosovo ground (Kasana)
- Hosts Calvary will be without Malingumu Julius who left the club for trials in Sweden.
- Nelson Opiyo will also be unavailable after picking up a knock in a friendly game against Total FC on Sunday.
- New signing Rahuman Ayimani is still finalizing his teaching practice, so he is ruled out of the encounter.
- Other new signings in Ali Okot and Patrick Alany are included in traveling squad to Green light Stadium and Ali is 100% expect to have his debut.
- For visitors Maroons, they are free injury side coming into this game.
- New signing Cephas Kambugu from kyetume is expected to have his debut for prison warders and so the old boys in Solomon Walusimbi and Felix okot who rejoined the club in just concluded transfer window.
Calvary XI: Saleeh Maganda, Emmanuel Adriko, Milton Afema, James Obwoya, Ahmed Ongo, Adam Sabir, Michael khedi, Christopher Agotre, Victor kilima, Ali Okot, Rogers Atube.
Maroons: Amir Nalugoda, Julius Kizito, Silvester Okello, Patrick Bayiga, Maxwell Okello, Abraham Tusubira, Fred Amaku, Emannuel Olinga, Felix Okot, Solomon Walusimbi, Cephas Kambugu.
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Calvary will hope to leapfrog Maroons when the two sides, tied on 16 points, meet in the FUFA Big League opener on Thursday at Greenlight Stadium in Arua.
The first-round fixture played in Luzira ended in a goalless draw and Calvary head coach Geoffrey Akena is confident that his side will overturn tables in this one since they are at home.
Akena also believes that he has an improved squad following the addition of some new signings including the former SC Villa and Wakiso Giants forward Ali Okot.
“My team is set and ready for the game, I have an 18-man squad that’s ready to complete the mission against Maroons,” Akena stated.
“We drew against them in their own backyard, and this time round we are in ours meaning we are going to beat them. We want to fulfill our target of playing in UPL next season.”
“The team has been training together for the couple of last days, even though Julius left, we got Ali who played for Villa and Wakiso Giants, I think his experience is going to help us a lot, we already have strong combinations of players with ability to present whatever needed for positive results.”
On the other hand, with the way the visitors behaved in January transfer window, they look a side which is ready to put out a strong statement given the experience and the fact that they were once a topflight side.
They have done some good business in transfer window, keeping most of their players and signing more new – seven new recruits, two of those (Okot and Walusimbi) have previously played for them, two (Innocent Biyika and Hadad Kambugu) promoted from the academy and three new Signings in forward Cephas Kambugu, goalkeeper George Oluka from Tooro, and midfielder Ojok Julius from Lira Sports Academy.
In the 10 games of first round played by each side, they have all won 4, drawn 4 and lost 2 each
Calvary scored only 9 goals and conceding 9, the same figure conceded by Maroons who scored 14.
They have met 3 times – A win each while the other was a draw.