*BUL 5-1 UPDF
*Onduparaka FC 0-0 Gadaffi
*Police 4-2 Tooro United
*Arua Hill Vs Wakiso Giants (2pm) – Barifa
*Vipers Vs Bright Stars (4pm) – Kitende
Arua Hill will be without Midfielder Faizul Ibrahim due to yellow card accumulations.
The Kongolo are boosted with the return of Defender Bright Vuni and Alfred Leku who both missed the 2-2 draw with BUL due to Suspension.
Innocent Maduka is also available for selection having missed the last game due to injury.
Goalkeeper Samson Kirya is out with a shoulder injury and so are forwards Ivan Bogere (stomach-ache) and Frank Ssebuufu (fever) for visitors Wakiso Giants.
Midfielder Ibrahim Kasule was injured in the Uganda Cup game with Kyetume and misses out as well joining defenders Hassan Wasswa Dazo and Simon Namwanja on the sidelines.
Sharif Kimbowa, Edward Satulo and Alex Komakech are back and available for selection.
Arua Hill: Richard Anyama (GK), Atendele Geriga, Richard Matovu, Bright Vuni, Rashid Toha, Tembo Ibrahim, David Ndihabwe, Gadafi Wahab, Samuel Ssekamatte, Robert Eseru, Alfred Leku.
Wakiso Giants: Derrick Emukule (GK), Grant Matsiko, Alex Komakech, Fahad Kawooya, Edward Satulo, Lawrence Bukenya, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Titus Ssematimba, Moses Aliro, Samuel Ssenyonjo, Tom Masiko.
Preview: Familiar Faces to welcome Wakiso Giants in Arua
Arue Hill will hope to complete a double against Wakiso Giants as they face off at the Barifa Stadium in the early kickoff at 2pm.
In the reverse fixture Arua Hill defeated Wakiso Giants at the Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium Wakissha 2-1 goals from Gadafi Wahab and Alfred Leku for the visitors while Tom Masiko was on target for the hosts.
Wahab andbGeriga Atendele, and coach Livingston Mbabazi had spells with Wakiso Giants recently and will pointing guns at former bosses.
The Kongolo want to return to winning ways after a 2-2 draw with BUL at the Barifa Stadium in their last game. Samuel Ssekamatte cancelled Karim Ndugwa opener before Gadafi Wahab gave the hosts the lead, and Simon Peter Oketch late penalty for BUL forced a statement.
Speaking ahead of the game, Arua Hill Assistant Coach Ahmad Borini is still disappointed with the draw against BUL but says they made amends though he anticipates a tough game.
“We were very disappointed in our last game at home simply because we tried our level best to do everything possible to win the game unfortunately the result did not come our way,” stated Ahmad on Tuesday while addressing the club media.
“Sometimes in football there’s what we call luck if the luck is not yours it becomes hard but otherwise the game flow was okay, Team organization and selection was okay, everything was okay, i think the fans enjoyed it but the difference was we didn’t get the maximum points we were disappointed with that.
“This is not an easy fixture, this is second round you don’t expect any easy fixture infact this is a top league, UPL is a professional league were you don’t take things for granted.
“Since our last game gave us challenge because we worked hard we were supposed to get maximum points which we didn’t get but it gave courage to double efforts to work hard to make sure that what comes ahead of us we overcome it”.
“We have worked hard this is a very different game we expect a tough game and we are going to handle it as a tough game”.
Wakiso Giants will seek to return to winning ways after a 5-0 humiliation by URA at Wakissha stadium.
Wakiso Giants Head Coach Alex Gitta is unmoved by the kickoff time as he targets a positive result from a vital match.
“This is an important match for us as a club and our sole objective is to get positive results,” said Gitta while speaking to the club media.
“In the first round, we played against Onduparaka in Arua at 3pm and the one hour difference is little so no worries, our players can easily adapt to the conditions and as of now it is not very hot.”
The Kongolo sits 6th on the log with 29 points after 18 matches.
They have registered 8 wins, 5 draws and defeats apiece with 22 goals scored and 20 conceeded.
Arua Hill have won and drawn two matches apiece and a loss in their last 5 matches.
At home, they have played 9 matches, won 5, drawn 3 and lost one with 18 points
At the Barifa they have 15 scored goals and conceeded 9. Their record at home in the last 5 matches stands at 3 wins and 2 draws.
The Purple sharks are 7th on the log with 27 points in 18 matches.
They have 8 wins, 3 draws and 7 loses having scored 24 goals and allowed 28 against them.
They have two wins and three loses in their last 5 matches.
Away from home, Wakiso Giants have picked 9 points having won two matches, 3 draws and 4 defeats.
On the road they have scored 6 goals and conceeded 12 times.
They are winless in their last 5 matches on the road with two consecutive defeats and 3 draws.
Head to Head
Wakiso Giants 1-2 Arua Hill
Arua Hill ?-? Wakiso Giants