Wednesday, 30th March
•URA vs Arua Hill, Arena of Visions (2pm)
•Wakiso Giants Vs Villa, Wakissha
•Busoga United Vs Tooro United, Kakindu.
Goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi is ruled out for URA due to engagement with Uganda Cranes national team.
Winger Joachim Ojera is a doubt for the tax collectors while Right Back Mandela Ashraf will face a late fitness test.
Captain Shafik Kagimu is set to return to the starting line up after he was unused in the 3-1 victory over Villa
Arua Hill will be without Robert Eseru who picked an injury against Tooro United.
Defensive Midfielder Ibrahim Faizul is set to miss the tie after dislocating his knee.
The Kongolo are boosted with the return of Captain Rashid Toha and Atendele Geriga who were with the South Sudan National Team and they may be available for selection.
Youngster Innocent Media also trained with the team after guiding Buddo SS to Wakiso District Post Primary Victory.
URA: James Alitho (GK), Ronald Kigongo, Derrick Ndahiro, Hudu Mulikyi, Najib Fesali, Patrick Mbowa, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafik Kagimu, Moses Sseruyidde, Steven Mukwala, Ibrahim Dada, Cromwel Rwothomio.
Arua Hill: Richard Anyama (GK), Rashid Muhammad, Richard Matovu, Bright Vuni, Ibrahim Thembo, David Ndihabwe, Gadafi Wahab, Stephen Kabuye, Rashid Kawawa, Alfred Leku, Samuel Ssekamatte.
Preview: URA Hoping to Keep pace with Leaders
There will be no room for error for URA as they host a stubborn and resilient Arua Hill at the Arena of Visions.
The tax collectors seek to close on the gap with leaders Vipers as they aim to keep their chances for winning the league alive.
URA are seven points below leaders Vipers though the Venoms have a game in hand.
Sam Timbe will be well aware of the threat Arua Hill can cause having lost the reverse fixture at the Barifa Ground, Arua Hill came from 2-0 down to beat URA 3-2.
Kabon Living and Rwothomio gave URA the lead in the halftime before Samuel Ssekamatte double and Alfred Leku succumbed them to a defeat.
URA come into this game with a lot of confidence after a comfortable 3-1 victory over Villa courtesy of Saidi Kagimu, Steven Mukwala and Dada Ibrahim goals.
For Arua Hill, they seek to achieve their objective of finishing in the top four in their debut season.
The Kongolo hope to return to winning ways after a goalless draw with relegation threatened Tooro United at the Buhinga Stadium.
While addressing the club media, Arua Hill Assistant Coach Francis Mugerwa says they made amends to the previous game and they want all the points”
“From the previous game, there areas we didn’t do well but this time during our training we have been working on them and we hope our players will respond well,” said Mugerwa on Tuesday.
“We are going to be a resistance, we want three points much as they also want three points but this time because it’s a different game and it’s going to be a different approach because we are aware that we are away”.
URA sit 2nd on the log with 42 points after 22 matches having won 11, drawn 9 and lost 2.
The tax collectors have scored 42 goals, only Leaders Vipers (48) have scored more than them and conceeded only 18 times a record bettered by only by third place KCCA (15), Defending champions Express (16) and Leaders Vipers (17).
They are unbeaten in their last five matches winning three and drawing the the other two.
At Arena of Visions, they have played 11 matches collecting 25 points with 7 wins and 4 draws, they are unbeaten at home.
They have scored 22 times and conceeded just 8 at home and they have won all but drawn just once in their last five home matches.
Arua Hill sit 5th on the standing with 37 points after 22 points having registered 10 wins, 7 draws and 5 defeats.
The Kongolo have scored 28 goals and conceeded 23 times.
Just like their opponent, Arua Hill is also unbeaten in their last five games the difference is they have drawn three and won two.
Away from home, they have picked 13 points in 11 games with 3 wins and four draws.
They have scored just 8 goals and conceeded 12 times on the road.
The Kongolo are winless in their last five visits with three draws and two defeats.
Head to Head
URA ?-? Arua Hill
Arua Hill 3-2 URA